To be alone, we’ll go to the big cities and to space, roam rural Spain and Russian forests. We’ll go to the fortresses of solitude.

“We are surrounded by the lonely all the time”

"Protectors of the realm" by Noxi. is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

Her experience of being alone in New York City inspired writer and artist Olivia Laing to explore the notion of loneliness and its intersection with art. In her book “The Lonely City”, she unravels the past of several artists and the impact isolation had on their work.