Living In A COVID World
No Silence in Resistance
“Quarantine is digesting.”
It’s time to cage ourselves with our thoughts, break free of our mundane routine, and surrender to isolation while feeling the depths of hindsight. It’s also time to contemplate the injustice and speak out under our masks. In these times we are creating an online presence to take off these masks so we can demonstrate human good. We will not be silent; knowing that is refreshing. And time and time again, we remember that beyond the walls awaits a promised sky, a hope of being much closer with people.
Feuds of the Melting Pot
You might being wondering why and how this connects to living in Covid world. Some might thought the whole world had stop when quarantine hit when it didn’t. There were still violence, racism, police brutality, suicide and more that’s going on before that’s still happening. People who go through depression is stuck alone in a house that probably don’t feel like a home to them. Violence lurks the streets. We carry extra thoughts and concerns. Waking up to breaking story of someone losing their life on streets you think no one is roaming. I fear being at the wrong place at the wrong to as an African American, a person of the lgbt community, and as an female.
Six Feet Apart
This piece shows how all kinds of people from around the word are being affected by this virus and having to live with it. Our daily life’s have become so isolated, especially during this quarantine. The phrase “Keep a safe six feet apart from people” has been on repeat on the news, media, and in many people’s minds. I wanted to represent that invisible boundary we are now living in with none other that of giant blowing bubbles. It is safe inside of our bubbles, but also isolated and lonely.
Living in a COVID World
In Chicago, thousands of tourists come daily to enjoy attractions like “The Bean”, formally known as Cloud Gate. In my artwork, only 10 people are standing near the Bean, which is not a common thing in Chicago. After this pandemic, security may only allow a certain number of people near the Bean at a time. The bubbles seen around each person to me shows now nobody would want someone too close, or like I believe “in their bubble”. In a city full of life, we all will have to take many precautions at the individual attractions.
This piece was inspired by the standards Covid-19 created, such as wearing masks in public and social distancing, creating a more alien like environment. This digital painting represents the time when people panicked and ran stores out of stock of basic essentials, thus making these basic essentials more valuable.
Floating Through a Pandemic
Through these hard times, I’ve felt like I was floating through dark waters. The days pass by like the current of time is pushing me forward; I am stuck in this endless, dark space. No matter where I travel, I’m plagued with pandemic headings. On every screen surrounding me, I’m reminded of the current global situation: one of deaths, sadness, and panic. It’s no surprise that the news highlights the unfortunate events happening now; but I feel that while I am stuck in this river, the shining lights lead me further through this darkness rather than out.
That Wild Sis
This digital illustration is a Byzantine icon of Mary Magdalene in a highly saturated, irreverent style. Looking back on female figures like these, I want to remember the kind of stamina and faith that carried them through so many bad seasons of life. I remember to represent myself with vibrant wit and life, admitting the struggles around me without putting myself in a victim mindset. While facing every new problem that Covid19 brings, I'll be throwing up blessings and responding with "that's wild, sis."
This photo represents how a mask is a symbol of hope when living in a COVID world. Although masks may seem like a burden to wear and deal with, they are the tools that allow us to continue our lives, go outside, and complete essential jobs and practices. Wearing masks might induce fear in some people, but I believe that masks show that there is hope. Masks are the tools that allow us to go outside and take advantage of the beauty outdoors. I believe that in a COVID world, behind the masks are love and hope.
The Walls Are Caving In
Through this picture staying home under the order and to stay safe can seem like staying in a confined space for a while, not being able to resume to what normal was. Staying inside, the rooms seem to get smaller and you’re surrounded by the old memories. The way to see what happening outside all through media and sometimes hard to see or hear. Living in a COVID World has rooms feeling like small boxes and the things hanging on walls only remind you of times that were normal, the outside is always accessible through media and all of the events.
This picture has taught me a fundamental lesson to remember in this COVID-19 world: in even the most rugged, dirty, and onerous conditions, if I have the right mindset, I can and I will grow, and inevitably overcome. The day I took this picture, the rocky ground was sparkling with incipient buds of grass. I realized that just like these rocks, COVID-19 is creating a massive obstruction in our lives. However, that shouldn’t discourage us; it should encourage us to work around it and look for a solution until the sun shines on us again.
My entry is a homemade hand-cut piece of pine wood that I used to carve the words spread kindness. In the new “normal,” so many people sit at home and feel trapped. This photo and sculpture is a reminder that kindness reflects onto other things. Be kind to your family, friends, and your self during these tough times and spread whatever joy you can even if it seems minimal. Reflecting is happening more and more and we need to make sure we are reflecting love, kindness, and hope to one another and ourselves.
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