Feature on artist Sonia Tit-Wently: Disassociation and the Digital Age

24 Jan
32 eyelashes

32 eyelashes

Tell us about your new art exhibition.

ST:  Lately I’ve been concerned about how fast my brain processes new information. As soon as I got the new I-Phone my brain activity increased by about 300%. It’s the same with everyone.

Q: Exactly.

ST: So I’ve taken to doodling my impressions in order to slow down my life, to really grasp and scrutinise each second. When we talk to people we don’t even look at them anymore. I don’t even remember new people. People I’ve known for years have been reduced to a Facebook status. But when you draw someone you really have to LOOK at them.

Q: You’re making me feel a little uncomfortable now.

ST: Exactly. Because I’m really looking at you.

Q: Can you look at me from a bit further away?

ST: I’m interested in your discomfort. Your brain can’t handle the intimacy of this exchange. A simple conversation is becoming traumatic because you’re so unused to making eye contact with another human being.

Q: My God, you’re right.

ST: You’re welcome.

Sonia Tit-Wently’s new exhibition of doodles can be seen at the Yes! You’re Looking at it! Gallery in Brixton.

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