‘Socially Distanced Objects’ explores concepts of Dialectic Anthropomorphism with the intention of conveying pandemic linked behavioural changes. This research aims to reflect social anxiety where face to face interaction skills have been forgotten to the extent that there is an awkward silent tension and distrust between the two ‘rigid’ objects. Physical impulses to embrace have been curtailed and nervous caution is exercised. The lack of expression, spatial distance and tense demeanour of the objects aims to transmit unease. Communication is only possible through digital technology through which body language cannot be ascertained. The spectator can view at a distance indicative of the closure of the Ulster Museum exhibition venue and the exhibition moving to a virtual platform. The theoretical underpinning to the work was inspired by exerts from ‘Body Language: 7 easy lessons to master the Silent Language.’ Borg (2008) states that we are educated to believe that language skills and the spoken word are of paramount importance, but the silent language is of equal importance, if not more.
The Royal Ulster Academy of Arts 139th Annual Exhibition 2020 had a total of 1,300 works entered through the open submissions process. 190 artworks were selected for exhibition at The Ulster Museum alongside Members work.