December 20, 2018

Are you really alone when you are alone?

Anita Gattei


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