Humans, like most animals, are gregarious - in general, we tend to enjoy company. Whether we're talking about intimate moments with loved ones or crowded spaces with strangers, we are at home in company. Being social is part of makes us who we are, and central to how we make sense of ourselves.
Until last year, we took opportunities to be social for granted. Since lockdown has taken them (or at least the traditional ones) away from us, we have been forced to spend more time thinking about who we are when we're alone.
Paintings like Grounded by Lisa Kellner and Pear by Leila Fanner express a mindful attitude to the current moment. Keelertornero and Clinton Kirkpatrick's surreal takes on introspection feel more chaotic in comparison.
Mat Cahill's Social Patchwork and Frank Creber's East India DLR look to a future when we will return to the social conditions that we are used to.