G is for Gloom

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Gloom: a triptych, #1 by Kelsey Socha

Gloom: a triptych, #2 by Kelsey Socha

Gloom: a triptych, #3 by Kelsey Socha


Gloom to me means two things: an absolute feeling of grey and also birds. Gloom is grey as if it has been overcast for months, as though the grey has gotten everywhere—not just a fog, but greyness in your bones, so heavy that you can’t escape it. Several apartments ago, I had a bedroom that looked out through all of its windows at a roof that seagulls used to roost on. On particularly bleak (and overcast) days, I’d sit on my bed and watch the birds fly farther and farther away and it would feel fantastically depressing, but also as though I couldn’t possibly do anything else, like a weighted blanket of gloom. This is a piece about that.
— Kelsey Socha, on inspiration for "Gloom: a triptych"

KELSEY SOCHA is a woman of many talents. A trained costume designer, an avid traveller, and a lover of the arts and animals, she currently works as a librarian in Southeastern Massachusetts.