The Alienation series conveys a sense of abandonment and entrapment prevalent within British identity and landscapes. Never before has there been a time in which disconnect is a defining emotion – a feeling which continues to damage and dominate through the continued restrictions of the pandemic – with constant distance from normality. Further to this, Villacci’s images communicate a sense of between geographic bodies, with the UK’s landscape sprawling, conceptually, outwards and away from the EU. He notes: “Our future is uncertain, but our present is well known. This project considers the relationship between the physical island we call home and us as inhabitants: how we have alienated ourselves.”
Logan Downie’s illustratrations are used as a celebration of fantasy and horror genres as well as for their subtextual links to queer identity.
Ellie Greensmith’s work taps into the widespread emotions from the past 12 months, exploring crucial conversations about mental health.