Emerge from your iso chrysalides, anti-social butterflies

As restrictions on being in the presence of another human being are tentatively relaxed, the prospect of venturing past the front door for more than a brisk walk or dash for toilet paper may have us hiding under the doona, loudly singing ‘The rainbow connection’ (Willie Nelson version, thanks).

Feeling like a startled hermit crab reluctant to emerge from your shell? We’ve got you covered.

Kathy Temin Troubled Times 1999. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of the Moët & Chandon Australian Art Foundation Collection 2000. © Kathy Temin. Courtesy Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Arthur Hopkins Starting the team circa 1879. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1880

Harness up the children.

Werner Rohde Untitled (mannequins) 1934. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Priska Pasquer 1997. © Werner Rohde, 1934/Bild-Kunst Licensed by Copyright Agency

Ease yourself into contact with real humans. Dolls won’t judge your isolation mullet or care if you forget to brush your teeth.

Ewa Pachucka Arcadia: landscape and bodies 1972–1977. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Rudy Komon Art Gallery 1978. © Ewa Pachucka

Put your newly honed crochet skills to work for extra bodies in your post-iso nudist farm utopia.

Rebecca Horn Finger gloves 1972, printed 2000. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Mervyn Horton Bequest Fund 2003. © Rebecca Horn/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Keep overly excited acquaintances at bay with your finger gloves.

R.B. Kitaj Songs of a sourdough 1969–1970. Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 2002. © Estate of RB Kitaj

Share your new-found baking talents.

Pat Larter, Richard Larter Still from ‘Artart actions: Stock exchange crash’ 1987. National Art Archive | Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Richard Larter 1999. © Estate of Pat Larter © Richard Larter. Licensed by Copyright Agency

Don’t forget pants when you do venture out.

Duane Michals The pleasures of the glove 1974, printed later. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Edron Pty Ltd 1996 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine. © Duane Michals. Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

Embrace (the pleasures of) the glove for the train ride to town.

Couple in palanquin carried by kahars (marriage scene) circa 1980s. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of Claudia Hyles 1999. © Copyright reserved

Or forget the morning commute and take a palanquin instead.

Lewis Morley Nuns, Paris 1963, printed later. Art Gallery of New South Wales, gift of the artist 2007. © Lewis Morley/National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library

And if all feels too much, go full lockdown and get thee to a nunnery.