December 20, 2018

Are you really alone when you are alone?

Anita Gattei

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Loneliness can be debilitating for students at university. Connecting with others can be intimidating, it depends on the individual ability to interact socially and it is often a challenge. Daily tasks are demanding, the work to do is highly intellectual and it easily leads to isolation, to the feeling of being alone among others. I gave birth to this painting out of solitude, which slowly turned into a sweet solace. Once you find comfort in being alone a new world opens to your eyes, a new beauty appears. Art is a saver, a company during hard times. This is the case for every type of art, born out of everyday discomfort. “Isolation” from Joy Division is the musical version of this overwhelming feeling: “Mother I tried please believe me, I’m doing the best that I can. I’m ashamed of the things I’ve been put through, I’m ashamed of the person I am. Isolation, isolation, isolation. But if you could just see the beauty, these things I could never describe, these pleasures a wayward distraction, this is my one lucky prize.” The lucky prize is the human ability to escape from discomfort through creativity.

Finding comfort in solitude, 30×40, oil on canvas

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