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Delicate stories for a stranger: Art by Roos van der Vliet from the Netherlands

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?
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Snowdrifts, Loyal creatures, Silver moonlight: Martynas Pavilonis from Lithuania

Art by Martynas Pavilonis summons the child deep inside us. We can all identify with the longing for deep breaths in the forest, sugary snowdrifts and loyal woodland creatures — the forest is astonishing, there is always mystery unfolding. His artworks are from the heart, renewing and purifying, mulled in melancholy, a young artist who thinks all night about the dilemmas of solitude, coming home, the end of missing someone. Keep these artworks close before you drift deep into the night. His art gets you excited about your own dreams.
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People like you, who delight in solitude.

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

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Turn up the dial on happy and crazy: Alba Blázquez from Madrid

Imagination is the highest form of research! Alba Blázquez is a young artist, illustrator with a potent and magnetic imagination. Her playful imagery is rooted in satire and social comedy, sounding off the turmoils of city life: the humor, bewilderment and sometimes ridiculousness of urban lifestyles. Real life contains its inevitable lousy bits, but the only way through the heartaches, tribulations and loneliness is to endure it with an upbeat tone (and pizza). Her work is invigorating, high-powered and infectiously happy! We love the constant galactic imagery, it brings to our attention that no matter how dark, the galaxy outshines our problems on Earth.

Alba started her career as a photographer but quickly discovered that illustration is a quicker and surefire way of documenting the curious and bustling happenings in her mind.

What a fantastic, wild and curious imagination! The world belongs to the energetic. Turn the dial up on happy and crazy!

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On life, joy and solitude.

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!

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