Deep Looking:
Studies in Solitude

Tuesday 16 November 2021
12:15–1 pm (ET)

Part of Agnes’s Wellness Program

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Slow down! Deeply observe works of art in Studies in Solitude. Guided by expressive arts therapist Gracelynn Lau, this contemplation practice allows for relaxation and new insights. Part of Agnes’s Wellness Program.

The artworks brought together in Studies in Solitude illustrate how early modern Dutch artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob van Campen, Heyman Dullaert and Cornelis Bisschop confronted the accepted limits of seclusion in their work. Representations of figures solitarily engaged in studies, prayer, or song provided opportunities for an artistic exploration of human interiority and helped inspire ideals of devotion and erudition. Situated in the context of renewed concerns around topics of isolation and exposure brought on by the 2020–2021 pandemic, Studies in Solitude also considers how such images participated in the development of gendered and class-based conceptions of privileged space that are still felt today.


Gracelynn Lau is a registered expressive arts therapist with the Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association and community facilitator pursuing her PhD in the Cultural Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Iva Speers Fund for Art Education.

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