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Solus

Solus

Solus is a book with 21 images and no words, illustrating an agoraphobic's internal panic. The story alternates between the main character's domestic surroundings, and her fantasy environment. It begins in a darkly lit flat, where a solitary woman is sitting at her dressing table. She appears to be preparing to leave her flat, when she is transported into a dark, maze-like, space. Soon, however, she is surrounded by light, and while attempting to escape this spotlight, she is confronted by her ultimate fear.

The title, Solus, as defined in the dictionary, means to be alone or unaccompanied, especially as a stage direction. Furthermore, the word for light in gaelic is also Solus.

The illustrations were created using model making, photography, textured paper and adobe photoshop.

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