Artist Jenny Yu Addresses the Romanticization of Loneliness
When I first wrote about Jenny Yu back in September, I was new to Tumblr’s “artists with anxiety” community. With so many people suffering from depression, anxiety, loneliness, it’s logical for people to use art as an outlet to channel those emotions. However, the tragic “misunderstood Tumblr artist” has been growing into a trope so obvious that even news outlets are starting to notice. There seems to be this trend of glorifying, romanticizing social disorders in a way that might be misleading to those who don’t actually suffer from those disorders, which is one of the reasons I love Yu’s recent comic.
The comic we wrote about back in September generated lots of attention for Yu, and she recently started selling copies of her comics in her shop. Her most recent comic cuts right to the chase: “There is nothing romantic or intriguing about the way you read books by your window at 4am waiting for the sunrise.” You can accuse her of being a cynic, channeling her inner Tyler Durden (“You are not a unique snowflake”), but I love her honesty. She has a touch of maturity some of the other Tumblr artists lack, and her worldview is both refreshing and heartbreaking. It takes an authentic person to admit that there’s nothing artistic or “special” about being lonely.