“It makes a difference, doesn’t it, whether we fence ourselves in, or whether we are fenced out by the barriers of others?” ~ E.M Forster, A Room with a View
While the current lockdown seems unprecedented in scale and duration in our time, as an artist I have often thought that there is, to some extent an inherent need for social distancing that one practices- a tranquil time for introspection enabling one to research, reflect, explore, experiment and produce.
This seclusion however, was a luxury. A choice, which similar to other things, was too often taken for granted and appreciated only once it has been withdrawn. Perhaps being “fenced out” into our own worlds will force us to not only recognize but also respect all that we have felt entitled towards and become accustomed to- from people, places and possessions to travel, touch and most importantly, time itself…