Happy New Year, Friends. I hope everyone is doing well and staying safe in these crazy times.
Since the start of the pandemic I have been more focused on taking care of my very young daughter as she is no longer in daycare. It has been amazing spending this time with her. Unfortunately I haven't been able to focus as much time on art making or social activities.
The lack of creative time and social interactions have definitely taken a toll on my mental health. I find myself walking this tightrope between anxiety and depression. My anxiety turns me into a hypochondriac where I will obsess over the possibility that I could become very ill at any time or might even already be sick. Depression manifests as a state where every act seems meaningless or hopeless. Both states serve to destroy my creativity.
To combat these mental challenges, I'm learning to realize what's happening. When I am no longer being productive, it's time to identify ways to reconnect to my creative self. This is a process that I'm going through right now.
I am optimistic that 2021 will be a year of change. The year is starting out slow, but I am hopeful things will get better with the covid-19 vaccine rollout. I have several drawings and other new projects planned and in the works. My goal is to reconnect with myself and others through my art.
I wish everyone out there a positive and transformative year.