I created this image above when I first began my trauma recovery four years ago and I still relate to her today. I call the work “between two corners,” a space where I sought refuge amidst the chaos of my home life as a child. If you are to sit quietly to gaze at her, you will see yourself there as well.
What a curious feeling it is to feel lonely. To feel alone around others, to seek solitude in order to renew oneself and to find oneself alone in the experience that no others know. It seems to me we must make friends with our solitary experience of this world or it will drive us mad.
I see loneliness driving us to do all kinds of things—to stay in bad relationships, to fill up time with to-dos, to work too much. But all things must end and with that will come the realization that each of us must face our individual experience of this world.
It’s worse if you are an artist or writer of course. The creative mind requires solitude in order to grow a good idea. And the solitary part of that can be a great friend or a foe.