Location: Ewa Beach, Hawai‘i
Featured Work: Be Not Afraid
Describe your featured work
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
These words were sent to me from a friend as an encouragement after my mom was diagnosed with stage four cancer. I shared the Scripture with mom and tried to explain it in a way that she would understand. “It’ll be hard only for a little while mom. God is changing you inside to something golden. You will have no more disease, no more diabetes. Imagine that mom.” At that moment her face changed from worry, pain, and frustration to awe and almost wonder. “No more disease,” she said with relief and almost joy. Mom passed away three and a half weeks later. From this journey – the struggle, the disbelief, the search for comfort and answers – was birthed a series called Unfolding Grace, which debuted at Artrue Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan, in November of 2017. This series is about reflections of God’s incredible and generous grace revealed through brokenness and total dependency. The work speaks of gratitude for the fullness of life, love received and love given, and the search for hope through faith.
I compose works that embody the merging of beauty, struggle, and hope. My aesthetic is focused on creative spontaneity, restraint, and imperfection. Extracting from the crossroads of my faith journey and discoveries found in nature, I find respite and inspiration in the pauses and outer fringes of everyday life. By honestly accepting my own limitations, I discover new possibilities.
What are you making now?
I am exploring messages about seeking hope in a fallen world. As I discover overlooked and disregarded subjects found in nature on my paths of everyday life, I am inspired to create works that transition from brokenness, and at times darkness, to hope. I recently returned from my sixth mission trip to the tsunami- devastated area of Tohoku, Japan. Perhaps experiences like these will make their way into my work. I’m not sure where this will go, but, as with most of my work, I try to remain open as I co-create with God.
“But now take courage, … and work; for I am with you declares the Lord of hosts.…My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!” Haggai 2:4-5 (NASB)
Why do you belong to CIVA?
CIVA provides insightful glimpses of what’s going on in the world when it comes to the intersections of art and faith. I have made some definitive connections through offerings on the CIVA website and through interactions with members I have not yet met in person. Being so far away, CIVA keeps me informed and connected, and I am truly grateful for this.
Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Delro Rosco has been a contemporary artist and illustrator for over 30 years. He is a graduate from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. His work is in the collection of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, several CIVA traveling exhibits, and has been featured in Christianity Today and Ruminate magazines. He is represented by Artrue Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan.