The Relationship Between Solitude and Imagination

Date of Award

Summer 7-16-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Blake, Marty

Second Advisor

Hsu, Ginnie


imagination, solitude

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts


The aim of this thesis is to explore how imagination influences people who stay alone and how solitude impacts people's imagination.

In the first 2 parts, definitions of imagination and solitude are presented. These show that the historical evolution of imagination and its importance, as well as positive definitions of solitude that distinguish it from loneliness.

The thesis then demonstrates the relationship between imagination and solitude. A number of examples of artists and some sources of scientific and psychological research are used to prove that solitude can stimulate people's imagination to a certain extent, and vice versa, imagination is a way out for people who are actively or passively living alone.

In conclusion, the thesis claims that the relationship between imagination and solitude is complementary. Solitude is one of the ways to improve people's imagination and creativity. While the role of imagination during solitude cannot be ignored, it is a bridge to our hearts.


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