Obsession In Isolation, 2020

Obsession In Isolation is the development of Obsession for Perfection, 2018, and Obsession at the Asylum, 2019, in which engaging in ritualist behaviours visualises the obsessional traits within mental health issues.

March 2020 and the UK went into it’s first social lockdown due to Covid 19. For those with underlying mental health problems, the sudden changes in routines and social interactions heavily impacted on coping mechanisms and recovery methods. Terms such as “isolation” also recalled past traumas for those who had experienced long periods of isolation in psychiatric hospitals or other institutions. 

Obsession in Isolation aimed to address the obsessive and intrusive thoughts that social lockdown inflicted on such individuals. By repeatedly tracing the top of a medicinal prescription bottle upon the four walls of my room, I aspired to show support and solidarity to those in similar circumstances.

The audience was able to follow the progress of Obsession in Isolation via Instagram.