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Alone Together installation 2022

By  jess bugler 2023
A response to the shared yet unique experience of lockdown, the installation Alone Together represents aloneness as a spectrum from isolation to solitude. Loneliness is a painful feeling something missing. Whereas, aloneness, has a breadth of connotations from the joy of solitude pioneered by ‘The Picturesque Movement’ to the enforced state of isolation. Each artist responds differently to the emotions along this spectrum. Their responses are interwoven but individual: Bugler using the theme of wooded enclosures; Bradley, the symbolism of keys; and, Chandiramani, language and folding. The installation itself forms a curved line with the artworks creating an enclosure that can be entered and viewed from inside or out. The ‘solitude end’ of the spectrum is wide and inviting, the ‘isolation end’ tightly wound and claustrophobic. Translucent materials evoke the fragility of our experiences as individuals, and allow the viewer glimpses of multiple perspectives on aloneness.

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