Alone/ Together explores ideas of intimacy and isolation. Artists from
across the globe have come together in this exhibition to express their
thoughts on the topic. Impacted by the pandemic, the work within this show
touches upon larger social constructs such as racism, gender roles, the immigrant
experience, political divides and more. The artists look, react, and inform
both inwardly and outwardly. They question our current situation, probing the
edges of belief systems and our collective memory.
When viewing the exhibition, it becomes apparent that at its core exists a
common thread of loss. It comes in the form of oneself, intimacy, stability,
safety, and others. Yet, within each work, there is also whispering of a sense
of longing. Division, lamenting, and yearning become common motifs, yet they
remain subtle, bringing forward an emotional weight that can only be translated
through the visual arts.
A quite solitude runs through each piece- physical barriers are represented, words of comfort spoken, screams are felt but not heard. A loving hand seals figures into jars, placing them neatly on a shelf- applying a sense of order to preservation and isolation. Within the work, interior spaces become great divides as loved ones become like strangers on a street- emotionally isolated from each other in their own homes. At times it seems as though we are witnessing a dissolving of community, and even our understanding of reality. The emotional magnitude of trying to reconcile this paradox is evident, as each work points towards a yearning for something “else”.
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