It was quite a time. Our lives getting smaller and more concentrated. The daily fear of illness and death. The terrible uncertainty and isolation. The inability to visualize the future.
Life, completely out of focus.
So now, here we are. Many of us are vaccinated and the terrible cloud of Covid is slowly receding. Infections have gone down, as have deaths. There are many reasons to be optimistic and excited. But, while it’s been scary, terrible, upsetting and sad. It’s also been quite immersive and clarifying. And as someone whose work changed during lockdown; I am wondering what’s next.
What will I keep from the pandemic year and what will I discard?
Right now, I don’t know exactly. Lockdown happened with a flip of a switch, but getting back to “normal” won’t be as swift. I’m not in a rush. I want to consider my options and be clear about my intentions. So far, I have decided, that I want to keep Zoom and the connections I have made with other artists all over the world. I am also prepared to say no to plans to protect my time. I have sworn off meandering trips to the art store or Target. For me these trips are procrastination disguised as “inspiration”. I would like to waste less time but also have more time to think. I am going to keep what brings me joy or helps me focus, which is pretty much Marie Kondo-ing my art practice. I'm keeping the good stuff and tossing the clutter.
What kinds of things will you keep or discard?