“We have to heal our wounded world. The chaos, despair, and senseless destruction we see today are a result of the alienation that people feel from each other and their environment.”
― Michael Jackson
“When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.”
― Criss Jami, Killosophy
“ How I wish, how I wish you were here.
We’re just two lost souls
Swimming in a fish bowl,
Year after year,
Running over the same old ground.
What have we found?
The same old fears.
Wish you were here.”
― Roger Waters
Alienation as an experience assumes different positions within today’s society. While to many it can be defined ‘’ as the act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement; emotional isolation or dissociation’’, in other circles (Law) it can be described as the ‘’act of the owner to dispose of his property.’’ (Collins English dictionary).
Karl Marx approach to the concept of alienation loosely defines it as separation of the individual from important aspects of the external world accompanied by a feeling of powerlessness or lack of control.
A person may feel alienated from himself or herself or from society. He also describes it as a state in which a person feels detached from the outside world and sometimes from his or her own feelings.
While this is true, in some cases, alienation stands as a means of escape to heighten ones spiritual wellbeing.
Putting into consideration the adverse effects alienation can have on the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of any individual caught in its grasp, it is intended that this project will be utilised as an outlet to highlight the subject with outcomes centred around the creation of art that should give it the attention that this subject deserves, as well as become an added addition to my growing portfolio.