'being disembodied' is an intimate book-work meditating on home, digital and IRL (in real life) experiences during lockdown life.
In 1688 the new term ‘Nostalgia' was invented by medical student Johannes Hoffer fusing ‘nostos’ from Greek meaning homecoming or return and ‘algos’ meaning pain, suffering or grief. Hoffer described nostalgia as a deadly disease with an array of symptoms including lethargy, distraction, disturbed sleep along with physical symptoms such as lesions, heart palpitations and a kind of dementia. Where notions of `home' were so central to identity, a loss of being within that place could cause a loss of self.
The meaning of nostalgia has clearly veered over time, and it has not been attributed as a cause of death for around 100 years. This shifting of meaning lead me to wonder, how might we reconsider nostalgia within the context of covid-19 where we are effectively tethered to our homes? How can we articulate new emotions and experiences being faced within this pandemic circumstance? Living in ’bubbles’ attempting to curb the spread of this largely unknown disease, life for many has become increasingly digital.
'Being disembodied' forms #4 P+P (mail), a series of correspondence art exchanges between People + Place artist peer network. P+P (mail) explores the possibilities of art making within this disjointed pandemic context.
being disembodied (2020)
A4 photocopy, watercolour paper, watercolour inks. Edition of 5, plus artist proof.