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In addition to facilitating meaningful exchanges within my collaborative project, Engaging from Afar, I was able to pursue my own work exploring similar themes of grief, mourning, and loss. 

In Isolation combines text from the Book of Lamentations with paintings of “quarantine self-portraits.” The original text refers to the city of Jerusalem after its destruction in 586 BCE. I was interested in the how gendered the text was, and how the narrator's use of "her" refers to a scene of destruction and desolation. Transposing these ancient words onto this current mandate of isolation amidst the pandemic provides an interesting compression of time and space. The combination of words and images construct individual narratives of isolation.

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