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Traits and Curation in William Mapan's Strands of Solitude

Strands of Solitude #340 by William Mapan

Through his use of organic forms and rich textural elements, William Mapan creates works that are both technically impressive and emotionally resonant. Explore the details of Strands of Solitude, as captured in the metadata of the digital artworks.

Artist William Mapan’s series Strands of Solitude extend upon themes in his break-out collection Anticyclone. However, it is differentiated by his use of saturation, experimentation with density and negative space, and presence of generative flow fields.

Intricate and highly-detailed, Mapan’s use of organic forms and rich textural elements in Strands of Solitude creates a stunning collection — digitally and physically. This article describes the traits of the collection, as captured in the metadata of the digital artworks.

William Mapan admiring Strands of Solitude #0

William Mapan with Strands of Solitude #0 in Jenna Lyons's home

Introducing Strands of Solitude

Strands of Solitude is a meditation on connection and isolation in the digital age. Through digital compositions, Mapan delves into the ways in which social media and our increasing reliance on technology has both connected and disconnected us from one another.

Since its release in March 2023, Strands of Solitude has generated $1.4M in primary sales and $3.4M in secondary sales. The collection has been featured on Artacle, the first and leading generative art index that tracks approximately 80 of the highest grossing generative art projects. Only collections that meet rigorous volume and market value criteria are included.

Strands of Solitude #0 by William Mapan, display

Strands of Solitude #0 by William Mapan

Use of Color and Tension

The palettes in Strands of Solitude offer a wide range of colors & density to create depth & range in the series. Many of Mapan’s palettes are named after human emotions, such as Emptiness or Kindness.

Strands of Solitude #281 in the “Sincere” palette

Strands of Solitude #281 in the Sincere palette

Strands of Solitude #247 in the Freedom palette

Strands of Solitude #247 in the Freedom palette

Within a single palette, the algorithm creates a range of digital compositions.

Strands of Solitude #213 in the Contentment palette

Strands of Solitude #213 in the Contentment palette

Strands of Solitude #118 in the Contentment palette

Strands of Solitude #118 in the Contentment palette

While the majority of the series begin with Day, a white background, a few works start with Night, a dark background, allowing the bold colors to captivate your attention. Less than eight percent of the series is part of Night.

strands-of-solitude #82

strands-of-solitude #82

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strands-of-solitude #243

strands-of-solitude #243

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Unexpected pairings arise as William’s swirling super structures bring colors together in new ways. Conflict occurs when two palettes are present in one work, like how the bold purples of Paranoia are disrupted with black and blue.

Strands of Solitude #178 featuring Conflict in the Paranoia palette

Strands of Solitude #178 featuring Conflict in the Paranoia palette

The Joy palette features bold, primary colors. William Mapan used Joy as the foundational palette for the series, especially through early iterations of the algorithm. Glimpse of Joy occurs when the Joy palette appears in another composition.

Strands of Solitude #72 featuring Glimpse of Joy

Strands of Solitude #72 featuring Glimpse of Joy

Saturation and Density

A notable element in this series is William’s use of saturation, density and negative space to emphasize a sense of disconnection.

The Voiceless trait occurs when a palette is desaturated, and colors become muted. Compare #379 and #235, both part of the Appreciation palette.

Strands of Solitude #379 in the Appreciation palette

Strands of Solitude #379 in the Appreciation palette with the Voiceless trait

Strands of Solitude #235 in the Appreciation palette

Strands of Solitude #235 in the Appreciation palette

Compositional Features

The algorithmic nature of Strands of Solitude allows for unique compositional features that mimic the physical world to appear. Bridges, windows, and echo chambers are the most prominent features seen in the series.

Bridges are vertical lines that disrupt the canvas, adding texture to the work. Windows are organic forms like crescents, circles, and triangles, creating a sense of movement in the work.

strands-of-solitude #248

strands-of-solitude #248

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strands-of-solitude #368

strands-of-solitude #368

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strands-of-solitude #373

strands-of-solitude #373

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Reminiscent of medieval architecture, the echo chamber trait creates a rectangular form at the centre of the work.

Strands of Solitude #258 in the Creativity palette, Echo Chamber

Strands of Solitude #258 in the Creativity palette, Echo Chamber

By bringing together a variety of different elements and influences in his art, Mapan creates a sense of unity and connection that is palpable to the viewer. As we navigate the complexities of the digital age, Mapan's art serves as a reminder of the ways in which we are all connected, even in the midst of disparity.


To learn more about acquiring a work from Strands of Solitude, or ordering a museum-quality print of your piece, please view the series at tonic.xyz.

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