Representing the Human Condition

Art can express what we are not able to put into words. That’s why we might feel so deeply towards a piece of art; it speaks to us on a profound level. Personally, at times when I (Sophia) am questioning myself or am uncertain of something, I turn to various art forms to feel better. Why? It gives me a sense of belonging and reassurance, something that I think is especially vital during times like these.

Exploring art making as a methodology that suggests the human condition is more complex than it is currently understood, Alexandria (Ally) Zlatar examines, instigates and provokes notions of the individual experience through specifically focusing on philosophical discourse, body image, embodiment, and ethics.

She is currently working on “Anhedonia Series: Without Pleasure.”

The painting is of a person looking at themselves in the mirror. There are three sections arranged in a panel. Each panel depicts a different situation of the person looking at themselves in the mirror. the mirror have a brown frame. Below it is a silver sink and faucet with a black counter top. There is a pink toothbrush that is perched on the edge of the sink. The subject of the photo has medium length, light brown hair, and is wearing a black bra. They have black hair bands on their wrist. In the first panel, the person is looking at themselves in the mirror, holding their hair behind their neck. In the second panel, the person holds their face as they look in the mirror. In the last panel, the person is looking at themselves in the mirror, standing at an angle.
” i cant make me love myself”

“I think in times of isolation, it gives us an opportunity to explore ourselves on a deeper and more profound level. As someone with a mental illness, it is incredibly difficult to be with yourself in the time of isolation.”

The painting depicts a person's body, showing the neck to the mid thigh. The person is nude, with hands covering one breast, and the other is covered by a pink plush bear, which the person is holding. The person's brown hair is placed behind their shoulder, with one strand place over the collarbone.
“sometimes memories never leave your bones”

For more of her artwork, you can visit Ally’s website: or follow her on Instagram @allycardone.

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