IDU English and Art Project
Grade 9 students have been exploring the solitude and seclusion in poetry, art, music, theatre and design as part of their final assessment for their MYP Interdisciplinary Unit.
Sisyphus - how solitude changed him
I'm the chosen one
seen my potential so they fear me
Lately I've been prayin'
Zeus, I wonder can you hear me?
Thinkin' 'bout the old me
I swear I miss you dearly
Stay down 'til you come up
I've been stickin' to that theory
Every day a battle
I'm exhausted and I'm weary
Im away from public
Now alone, my eyes teary
I fought through it all, but it hurt me severely
Well below the ego
There's a place that doesn't care
What people say or think or do
It's very peaceful there
This place is deep inside
It's way beneath the skin
The stillness that surrounds you there
Is you without the spin
It's soul, unspoilt, it's raw
Untouched by any mind
Affected not by boxes
Or labels of any kind
When you can find your inner peace
Anytime or place
No matter what is happening
You have your own calm space
By Jo Hopmann
Lately, we have all been exposed to solitude, and it has left a mark on all of us. Through these two poems, I have shown two emotions in which solitude made me feel; frustration and calmness. Especially the beginning of being alone was frustrating to me. Solitude is a word which describes physically being alone and mentally being alone, during the Covid pandemic I was both. I have never been challenged to spend that much time with myself, and giving in and accepting the change which solitude made me go through was the hardest part to accept. Change can be good or bad, but it is never easy to accept, which is why change often occurs as a result of something which was forced upon you, like the Covid pandemic. This is what frustrated me in the first months of the quarantine and it made me close up to myself, like Sisyphus did in the greek myths. But after accepting this change, I found inner peace and calmness. The first poem describes the frustration while the second one describes the outcome, tranquility. I used Sisyphus to represent me and how others felt throughout the pandemic, of course our situation was less dramatic, but mentally, we went through similar things.
For the base of my art I took a picture of a fence as I wanted to experiment with a new skill such as photography. I wanted to show that loneliness can be like a jail holding you in.
On Top of this I painted a double sided abstract mask, one side symbolising the frustration in loneliness and the other showing the peace and freedom of loneliness. The red, and frustrated side of the mask, I layered behind the piece using the thin knife. With this I wanted to show that when Sisyphus had not yet accepted the solitude and was angered, the loneliness acted like a cage, holding him and his Happiness captive. But after he had accepted the solitude, he moved out of the change, which is why I painted the blue side of the mask on top of the fence. This describes my central message of this piece, to accept feelings.
Wherever I go
My eyes wander across the view
My vision is blurry and I feel stranded
The air is dusty and it’s dry
I’d like to keep trying
Keep trying to survive
I start walking on the heated ground
I feel lifeless, deserted, no one’s around
Sand Follows me everywhere
Wherever I go
It's in my shoes, it's in my nose
as well as in my clothes
There is no end to reach
I feel like I'm being watched
I feel like someone is staring
I feel like I'm being touched
I'm getting pulled down
Deeply into the ground
Suddenly there is nothing left
No air to breathe
I can't see
The last thing I felt is the sand in my shoes
The sand that was always with me
The sand that didn't let me refuse
It followed me wherever I went
But at the end we both knew who got through
By Josephine Giers
I got this idea from an old Instagram story of a friend I saw once. She drew this black and pink mountain with the same material and structure. I found this really aesthetic and wanted to try it with my solitude and seclusion Artwork.
For me solitude and seclusion means peace and space and time for thinking and deep thoughts. I tried showing this with this isolated dessert in warm tones, it's supposed to make you feel welcome and give you time to think and be private and secluded from the world for once in a while.
I created a quiet place and an isolated dessert for deep thought and mental peace. It should make you feel welcome and warm due to the warm tones I tried to use. It shows a calming sunset with birds flying freely into the sun. The hills and mountains are just some kind of a barrier for others since it's secluded for others so you can be in some kind of solitude.
My poem is about the heated dessert, and how a person walks through it on their own. That person fell too deep into his own thoughts and has some kind of delusions now, about being followed and watched. In the End of my poem that person gets (eaten) by the sand and isn't strong enough to fight. He eventually dies. However, this person went into the desert on their own to be secluded from everyone else and alone with these thoughts, his thoughts were just too strong. I thought this would fit my artwork, especially since you can see an isolated person standing in front of the mountains and I would say that person is probably in deep thoughts.