This three-piece series is based on true events that took place during a mild heat wave over the summer of 2016 – 2017. The drawings provide a glimpse of daily activities that are not unusual, but are also strange when thought about in retrospect.
The drawings depict a character based on myself hiding from the midday heat, alone and in pockets of my new house. I was inspired to document the events because I felt somewhat lonely and unfamiliar as my housemates were away, yet I was savoring the alone time and freedom to roam the house half naked while watching bad rom-coms and familiar Seinfeld repeats on my laptop.
It was during the time I realised the strange intimate relationship I had with my laptop, phone and ipad: here I was waiting for an invite to a pool or activity, yet ready to decline once the invite bleeped on my screen, happily killing time alone with the devices that kept me entertained and socially satisfied, but at a distance.
The illustrations are A5 made using ink on paper.
Isabella Kottek is an illustrator, artist and teacher. She has contributed to zines such as Girls Will Be Girls, F*EMS and Keep Brave. Isabella will undertake an artist residency Police Point Shire Park, Victoria in late 2017.