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being invisible

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I used to ride the subway every day and the feeling of being in a crowd but all of us alone and invisible, sad really

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

March 14, 2022

I cannot count how many morning commutes I’ve spent invisible, surrounded by invisible people on invisible paths to invisible destinations. KATHLEEN D'ALOIA’s "being invisible" brilliantly captures how a face becomes lost when drowned in a sea of others.

On a nearly empty train, people become more real, their faces become noticeable, they transition from another featureless body smashed up against you to a human. On a crowded train, individuality and even humanity reduce with every new body introduced into the chaos. Commuters become tides that flow in and out of subterranean snake-like tunnels in waves of determined, bleak, and consistent isolation. The cyclical nature of their shared pilgrimages reinforces their trained indifference. People increasingly merge with the commuter experience with every journey until they are inseparable. The only thing that stands out is their clothes and accouterments that distract their fellow passengers from noticing their presence.

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KATHLEEN D'ALOIA

March 15, 2022

Thank you John , you nailed it!

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John Crowther
John Crowther Critic

March 16, 2022

Thank you! I cannot tell you how much I relate to this work!

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KATHLEEN D'ALOIA
Creator
Category
Conceptual, Pop culture
Type
Work on Paper - Glass
Materials
Pastels, Paper
Dimensions
38.00 inches wide
18.00 inches tall
0.00 inches deep
Weight
2.00 lbs
Location
St Petersburg, FL, US
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