CULTURE & ARTS

Black-And-White Illustrations Depict Women (Quite Happily) Being Alone

No dudes allowed.

There are few things better than waking up in the morning with a space to yourself. Alone in your palace, you're free to roam around in your underwear, turn on your favorite embarrassing playlist, stretch out on every available surface and read, nap, eat, nap, repeat. 

Despite the fact that almost every living human understands the joy of a day to oneself, there remains a stigma affecting around 50 percent of the population, one that associates a woman alone with a lonely woman. 

Thankfully, there's Mexico-based illustrator Idalia Candelas. She captures the subtle space between lonely and alone in her series "Postmodern Loneliness." In black and white, Candelas drafts women sprawled in bed, smoking a cigarette, doing the dishes, and spacing out on the couch. Her drawings aren't sensual, and they're not sad. The subjects, though dressed in panties and bras or nothing at all, do so for no one but themselves. And going about the day sans company, they seem to be doing just fine. 

The drawings, published in a small book titled "Alone," are an ever so subtle rebuff to the mainstream imagery most commonly circulated of women alone -- read: without men -- mostly crying, eating ice cream, watching rom-coms. They softly exalt the safe and snug sensation of enjoying the company of no one but oneself. 

  • Idalia Candelas
  • Idalia Candelas
  • Idalia Candelas
  • Idalia Candelas
  • Idalia Candelas
  • Idalia Candelas
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