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Stages in Isolation by Beatrice Rubio-Gabriel


“Time in isolation has deeply affected our internal spaces and the usual nature of sleep. Some of us are sleeping through almost entire days while others are not sleeping at all. Reality is even more difficult to grasp now. Sometimes I will awaken after dreaming of people who are no longer in my life, with only the physical markers of their absence to remind me of what is real. I was inspired to create this work from my sleepscape to yours, to create a new space of being together in even the most isolating of times. To build new, communal realities.

My most vivid of dreams have been recounted in this ‘artist book’ of stories, letters, and exchanges, where I (attempt to) engage with the “real” world, even though I have yet to fully wake. The writing traverses various orientations and sometimes bleeds into one other, blurring the events happening within my mind and outside of it. The nested nature of the texts reflective of my own state of mental limbo.

If you are likewise feeling lost and are having your reality questioned, I hope that you might join me, and that sharing this space with somebody else may also help you somehow.”

(Live readings of the texts will be held every Saturday at 8pm at @beatricefrgabriel as a Live Video from Instagram, from 12 September 2020 for 5 weeks.)


All above works by Beatrice Rubio-Gabriel.

Stages in Isolation by Bea Rubio-Gabriel is created for Shelter 2020.