Since its development in the 60s, the internet has come a long way. It launched the world into a new age and continues to do so, transforming many things, but mainly the way humans communicate. It has made it easier to talk to whomever, wherever, and at any time. Observation of one another transpires, yet a screen shields the direct interaction. Artificial methods facilitate communication, obscuring the sound of the other's voice, the sight of their face, and the sensation of their touch.
The internet has come a long way, and the further it advances, the more it will undoubtedly distance people from a sense of humanity, causing alienation. The very nature of the internet is, at its core, a solitary activity. Phones weren't made for an extra pair of hands; computers aren't designed with two keyboards. Humans are alone and anxious, desperately trying to connect, now more than ever.
An artist that goes by the name VAD depicts these feelings using 3D digital modeling. His art serves as a visual discourse on how smartphones and constant connectivity can lead to feelings of isolation and anxiety. Using 3D digital modelling, VAD showcases how modern technology produces anxiety and paints a narrative that underscores the urgency of integrating mental health support into public health agendas.
VAD’s art contributes to the broader understanding and awareness that the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aim to achieve, specifically Good Health and Well-being, which advocates for the necessity of mental health services adaptable to the challenges posed by rapid technological advancements and their impact on societal well-being.
Captive Within showcases a feeling of isolation. In this painting, a man can be seen standing alone in a cabin, and the artist shows his emotions escaping through the chimney in the form of a smoke, monstrously expressing themselves.
Oftentimes, human mind creates worlds that are not real, comparisons to others on the internet occur, and gazes turn inward. A sense of insecurity and worthlessness is experienced by most. Virtual Reality depicts exactly this essence of the internet and how most isolate themselves in their virtual reality and forget to look at the beautiful world outside of their window.
Shell is another piece that captures the feeling of isolation amidst the internet's connected world. Uniquely, Vad often creates a pixilated version of his art an reminiscent of an old game boy console aesthetics. The sharp contrast of modern digital techniques with older techniques shows how prevalent the issues posed by the internet have been through the years. We are no closer to solving the problem than when pixilated graphics were top-of-the-line quality.
Overall, Vad’s work captures the paradox of our modern digital era. His pieces are not just artistic expressions; they are a commentary on the deeper psychological impact of the internet and technology on human well-being. This irony, where the tools designed to bring foster closeness also have the potential to distance us from real human interactions, is a significant modern dilemma. As we navigate our new digital landscape, it's crucial to foster authentic human connections and mental well-being, ensuring that our technological progress enhances rather than detracts from our human experience