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Art exhibit examines the various aspects of being alone in Two Sides of Loneliness

Kenna Alston uses the natural world to contemplate the duality of being alone

The natural world is more than just where we live or how we survive, it has become a part of our lives in a more intimate way. In her Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibition, Kenna Alston uses the natural world to contemplate the duality of being alone.

Her upcoming exhibition, Two Sides of Loneliness, will be open to the public May 17-21 in Gallery 231 at Central Washington University. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

“This project began as a response to COVID-19. It really made me think about loneliness and how it was becoming more prominent in our lives,” Alston said. “The natural world became an escape. It was a break from the routine and a way for people to get out of the house. It is a place to reset which is why I use it in my artwork to represent and process different feelings”

For many, there are a lot of emotions connected to being alone. It can be comforting but it can also be a place where anxiety, sadness, and overthinking can creep in. Through landscapes, botanical imagery, and portraits, Alston tries to capture and understand the different aspects of being alone and how it has impacted our lives.

Gallery 231 is located in Randall Hall on Dean Nicholson Boulevard and is open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please note that all CWU safety protocols will be in place, including the use of face coverings.

Kenna Alston is an interdisciplinary artist making work about her relationship to the natural world. She is currently attending Central Washington University and will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art next month.

See more of Alston’s work at She can also be found on Instagram @k.alstonceramics

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