Waiting, Quarantine No.6



Waiting, Quarantine No.6 was a work made as 2020 dragged on. Day after day after day… the sharp fear felt in the early stages of the quarantine had faded, and a numbness began to settle in. At this point I was still desperately yearning for a return to what we had before everything changed and resigned that it would not. I embodied this “before and after” within the two shades of orange in the background. The repetition of dots, like the repetitions of days, go on and on until we reach the woman in the foreground – expression divided, outcome uncertain. 

Ambivalence is a hard emotion to walk within, as it contains contrasts and dual truths not easily reconciled. We are trying to get on with life, but we are moving through cement as we do so. We are or know people who are sick. We haven’t fallen ill and feel guilty that somehow, we have escaped it while others have not. We feel impending dread as those closer and closer to us begin to get sick. We are moving through uncertainty, experiencing anticipatory grief, or are actively grieving. Loss may be on the horizon, but for this moment is far enough away to ignore. All we can do is wait. 

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