In his 1875 novel The Mysterious Island, Jules Verne wrote that “solitude, isolation, are painful things, and beyond human endurance.” For anyone who has experienced real isolation, it is very easy to agree. Isolation can be pure hell, so why do we as artists and designers romanticize the idea of being by ourselves, struggling against everything in isolation? The heroic genius may seem like a great thought, but it’s a pretty pathetic experience when you’re in it.
This week Ryan and Garreth sit down in the studio to talk about isolation and the dangers it can pose for a productive practice and personal life. A studio doesn’t need to be a party 24/7, but in the same way it shouldn’t be a ghost town, merely populated by your solitary voice.
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