We sometimes encounter strangers who interest us immediately before a word has been spoken. With ever more novel ways of socializing, we still feel alone. Art remains the most sensitive medium for dialogue. Art gives us a shared experience that creates a chain reaction of strangers colliding with each other, influencing each others’ lives with their stories, quirks and dreams. If two people believe in the same stories, even when they live on opposite ends of the globe, they still sense they can trust one another. A stranger’s shared oddity will make you more confident in your ideas, their dreams will inspire you to keep yours alive.
We’re the first generation lacking solitude but doing solitary tasks on screens. We’re always mediating between loneliness and the urge for solitude. Martynas Pavilonis from Lithuania articulates the delight of solitude in the sweetest way possible! Let them say what they will about “leaving the comfort zone”, sometimes we just want to recharge in a familiar place. Artworks on solitude reminds us to invest time in ourselves and to ask “How am I doing?” once in a while. When the world becomes a hard place to blend in, you’ll find an artist that shares your secret from afar.
“I hold this to be the highest task of a bond between two people: that each should stand guard over the solitude of the other.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
Talent is nurtured in solitude. Every kind of creative work demands isolation. Art thrives in the lonely hours. Solitude brings out the most kooky, thrilling, and richly faceted interior worlds inside us. Being alone helps us see the unfamiliar beauty and appreciate the spontaneous joys that are usually lost in the roar. These artworks remind us to stay with our solitude for awhile, they make us want to run up a hill by ourselves, to daydream, unwind and refresh. Be alone, that’s when ideas flow.
Cheers to solitude!
KYU is a young artist based in Seoul, Korea. His paintings contain short and sweet snippets of humor and wisdom about the familiar anxieties of modern life. They capture the nuances and habits of our generation, like sky gazing, rain jostling, spontaneous wandering and practicing how to be alone with one’s thoughts. The tree stumps waving is so cute it hurts! The most aww-inducing image is Tree Whale — aren’t we all slightly suffering? Another favorite is Go Away, an elegant piece which reminds us that having our head in the clouds is not a bad thing, we’re likely to come out of there recharged and laden with inspiration!