Inspired by the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows of writer John Koenig, these words that define obscure emotions come to life. Mal de Coucou: a phenomenon in which you have an active social life but very few close friends—people who you can trust, who you can be yourself with, who can help flush out the weird psychological toxins that tend to accumulate over time—which is a form of acute social malnutrition in which even if you devour an entire buffet of chitchat, you’ll still feel pangs of hunger.

Mal de Coucou (36 x 36 x 1.5 in) • 2019

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