LAUREN HOUSEGO

THE OUTSIDER

Year: 2015

Format: Book Illustration

A series of illustrations for the book The Outsider by Albert Camus.

The Outsider is absurdist literature, touching on themes of existentialism. I took inspiration for these illustrations after reading Being and Nothingness by Jean-Paul Sartre, in which he talks about the conflict that humans face in being what they are (human) or being what their social identity is (for example, a waiter).

This conflict sparked an investigation into our human existence, represented by our physical bodies (our brains) and the signifiers of our social identities (clothes). I also adopted a minimilast aesthetic, which reflects the absurdist notion of the loneliness of man's existence in a universe without meaning.