Art is a line around your thoughts.
— Gustav Klimt
Lifeline for the Blues features artists LORENZO GABUTINA and MAHARLINA GOROSPE-LOCKIE. The lines and the blues that emulate Nature in their art—the metaphor for currents and seas, awaken the rivers that also mightily run within ourselves.
Studies by Lorenzo Gabutina
selected from the journal of the artist.
Jazz music filled the air when I wrote this. Lines swayed while colors sprung from the artworks. Artist Lorenzo Gabutina created these at the onset and during the COVID-19 community quarantine. Doodles and moody sketches filled his notebook. Here, laid bare, is the vulnerability many of us can relate to during these challenging times.
I did not reinvent myself. Rather I discovered a new me. — Lorenzo Gabutina
The Healing Power of Art. Like water that quenches the thirst, creativity and art have helped people cope with life in lockdown. The Harvard Medical School had supported studies on art as good medicine for depression, anxiety, or cancer. And doing so has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people. The beneficial effects of creating aren’t dependent on a person’s skill or talents. Also shown is that creating visual art can reduce stress and promote relaxation in people who are hospitalized or home-bound due to illness.*
Where are the people? So few on the road. And here we find that some have moved inward. Introspection is perhaps one of the gifts this pandemic has brought us. Even in dire circumstances, there is joy, even if it may be fleeting.
Art can set one free.
The Quarantine Notebook. Above are three sketches, the first image being among the studies done by Lorenzo Gabutina in March when community quarantine was officially implemented in Manila: a digitally-rendered face in black, slightly tilts downwards, imposed on a textured background of blue and grayish tones. Throughout the months that followed, he also devotedly poured art and insights on Facebook. “Take it as it is,” he said. “If it resonates with you, fine. If it doesn’t, that is fine with me, too.”
*Harvard Health Publishing, 2017.