Cities generate stories of lonely people, because urban life produces strangers continuously. Each day we stand almost shoulder to shoulder, occupying the same space and breathing the same air, yet we know so little about each other. Art by Roos van der Vliet gives us what we need when nothing is familiar: a recognizable face, a stranger that feels how we feel, someone we can ally with in rough weather. Her work pinpoints the unexplained rapport between strangers. Their enchanting hair reminds us to appreciate hidden beauty and stories, the melancholic sweetness in their eyes urges us to have more humility. Art cures the loneliness of strangers and helps us group and regenerate.
In her own words:
As long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by the human face and its expressions, but maybe even more important: I’m fascinated by what’s behind this face. We’re used to judge a book by it’s cover, a person by its appearance. In a world this big, you can feel anonymous and small when looking at the world through nothing more than a small pair of eyes. The important thing for me is that I feel that there is a connection between us, not needing to be explained easily. Would it be strange to think that there are in fact more people like you or me, people who are actually quite the same?
Roos van der Vliet is based in Arnhem, the Netherlands. She studied Fine Art and Design at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. Her work has been exhibited throughout the Netherlands and the UK.