The Days Blend Together

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2021-12-07
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Harris, Jada
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6
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This artwork is inspired by the long hours I’ve spent inside because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Like many others, I had at first treated the pandemic like a much-needed break from daily life but unlike a regular vacation, this one has had no end in sight. Covid-19 has drastically changed the way that we are used to living and “the new normal” requires that we be confined to our homes in a state where space is already limited. As a result, this situation has provided me with an abundance of time to reflect on the space that I live in and not being able to leave the house is an experience that has left me alone too long with my thoughts. My bedroom has a very large mirror and as I spend more time at home, I notice the days passing but very little changes to mark that passage of time. It is in this mirror that I’ve also noticed the toll that social isolation has taken on my mental health and that of others around me. Even as restrictions are slowly lifting, I think the fear of spreading Covid to my loved ones will always stay with me. I made this piece over several weeks in response to quarantine, to both document time in a situation where the days seem to blend together and also to explore those feelings of timelessness and solitude. I’ve gradually built up the overlapping figures and texture depicted with graphite to demonstrate how this strange feeling affects the body physically and mentally. Though we all live different lives, as a society we are collectively enduring the same crisis and the emotions that accompany it. In a way, this pandemic has separated us by more space than we have ever known, yet has also brought us closer than ever before.
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