Photography-based artist Wawi Navarroza specifically chose to have her portrait done by an old Banyan tree at Arroceros Forest Park,
This may seem incompatible with the Wawi Navarroza a lot of people know. This is after all the lead singer of indie goth rock band The Late Isabel, the artist herself usually clad in dark colors on her petite frame, her works often black and white with the air of the mystic. A geeky treehugger…really? But then again being an environmentalist does fit nicely in the person that is Wawi. Say Wawi, “It's radical to go against the grain, against the monolithic dominance of oil, and yes, the general apathy. It's very rock and roll to come out and rally for trees, to rebel from smog and plastic.”
If there is one thing that describes Wawi, it’s surely “radical.” Wawi is one of the few visual artists in the
Wawi’s own path to the fine arts was weaved during her communication arts studies in
Wawi’s work prevalently deals with archetypes, time, memory, maybes, an interior point of view, duality, myth, mysteries, secrets, the imagination and the sublime or as Wawi puts it, “the poetry of experience." Indeed her pieces are like fantastic sequences probing into a familiar daydream with each work offering a searing symbolic insight into an imagined reality. The common linkage of each artwork? Wawi. “Whether what I do is personal (internal) or social (external), it's still from the same eye. My photography can be diverse but there's a red thread running through it. It all tries to map out the Self."
Certainly, Wawi’s photographs act as self-portraits even without being self-portraits themselves. They storytell about human experience, particularly the artist’s own. Yet, a picture of Wawi expands beyond her photography-based art. Asides from The Late Isabel, Wawi is also part of Romancing Venus, a collective of women founded by Kooky Tuason who do live reading/performing of original poetry/spoken word to the public with regular gigs about town. She also explores movement and space through performance art and collaborates with various personalities in the arts for different projects. Asides from this, she travels by herself, exploring other cultures of the world. “Some think of me as some sort of gypsy/pirate/wanderer,” tells Wawi.
So what is this gypsy up to next? This January, she’ll be heading to