Part Of The Inner Space Series. A Ministry For Loneliness is a Digital Collage which resides in solitude and with a dull ache at its core. For all of modern technologies promises of greater connectedness and access to wider digital communities, our society is undergoing a profound epidemic of isolation and loneliness. As we retreat further behind our screens, our real world communities fragment as we leave genuine human connection further and further behind. Loneliness is an emotional state arising from a loss of connection with others, it can be experienced just as readily in a crowd as when we are isolated. Loneliness is an adverse state, which as social beings inspires us to reconnect with others, to seek out and rejoin the tribe as it were. If we are unable to bridge that gap, long periods of loneliness can have detrimental impacts on our physical health. Being indicated for greater risks of cardiovascular disease, dementia, depression and anxiety. In fact just this year Britan appointed its first Minister For Loneliness to combat the problem.
The distinction between Loneliness and being Alone is an important one. The desire to be comfortably Alone is in fact an indicator of psychological and emotional health. It is our own time spent, doing our own things, dreaming our own dreams, reading a book, dancing to a favourite song, or just sitting with ourselves and being comfortable in our own skin, without depending on the input of another. Unfortunately due to circumstances whether they are internal or external, sometimes whats missing is the choice. Keep on bridging those gaps!