Retreat is Shindler’s first solo exhibition in New York.
“You want your art to reflect something about you, whether it’s your desire, or maybe it’s your current situation. I came back to Connecticut and I was alone. I was forced to be alone, but I also felt like I had to be alone. Did I make this choice? Or did it happen to me? Am I alone in this room or am I alone in the world?
There were days when I didn’t see anyone and these works became fantasies. If I could design my home, these are elements of a place that I would like to hang out in. They’re peaceful…they’re retreats in both senses of the word: it’s like running away, but also finding a safe place, finding YOUR space. And some of it can be a little scary.
You feel so invisible when people don’t know where you are. Maybe it’s just me but I feel like if people don’t know where I am I don’t exist.”