The theme of isolation comes up again and again in Alicia Framis's (1967, Barcelona) work. With her mobile ‘clinics’ she responded to Van Gogh's letter from 26/27 November 1882.
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In a letter on 26/27 November 1882 Vincent wrote:
‘One is afraid to make friends, one is afraid to stir, one would like to call out to people from a distance like one of the old lepers: Don’t come too close, for contact with me will bring you sorrow and harm’.
The theme of isolation, of wanting to be alone, comes up again and again in Framis’s work. She has made three chairs in which museum visitors can retreat from their surroundings.
Her inspiration came from the Stendhal syndrome, the psychological state of being completely overcome by artistic beauty. Symptoms include an accelerated heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and fainting.
Is Van Gogh’s art starting to overwhelm you? Have a seat in one of Framis’s mobile ‘clinics’, where you can pause and reflect on the power of art.