Half Sick of Shadows explores themes of isolation. The work looks at the fiction we construct when we are isolated and only able to view the world through a filtered lens. Much of the world found itself in some sort of quarantine between 2020 to 2021 and we were mostly only able to view what was happening through the screen of our phones or televisions. These images, like the reflections in a mirror, were not free of distortion. We were all left to weave our own versions of reality that left us feeling safe and comfortable.
The work in this exhibition took inspiration from a poem titled The Lady of Shalott by Alfred Tennyson. In the text, a woman is confined in a tower and cursed to only view the world through a mirror. Great misfortune will come upon her if she looks at Camelot directly.