Photo courtesy Khalid A. Hussein, Los Angeles, California, published in Hyperallergic.
Before the lockdown happened, I moved, and had to give up my studio. Creating a work space in your living space is not easy. It is challenging to shift your mindset to creative work when a few feet away is the place you cook, eat, and sleep. The greatest hurdle to leap during quarantine is the lethargy of being isolated. I have tried to maintain discipline, and use this time productively. Luckily, I know someone who owns an art supply store, and can get materials to work with. It feels to me that this is a time that demands creative production: we need to nourish our empathetic and aesthetic selves, and share it with others. I think the role of the artist is to see clearly and find a way to communicate what you see.