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By Angelica Stickle

The piece I’ve decided to show was made during the lockdown for art class. The objective was to draw/paint your own studio.  Naturally, being trapped in your own flat, I painted that. Like with everyone, the lockdown has done strange things to different people. Some change to becoming more introverted, others change overcompensating for the time ‘lost’. I, myself, have felt a change within myself as well.

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I do not have a big dramatic story like others. In some ways, my life was mundane during the lockdown and I must admit that enjoyed the lifestyle of it. I enjoyed the online classes. I enjoyed the empty streets and the lack of tourists. I enjoyed being alone. I understand that many people suffered in the aftermath and are still suffering. I did not lose a loved one. I did not lose a job. I did not lose my mental well-being.  I did observe the finality of life and that it could end anytime because it could take anyone.

Maybe it has made me more somber. It has made me take things more seriously in some things and less in others. I have less patience for certain people and events. Time has come to be more aware and to act upon it. I am not just referring to others but to myself. It is not necessarily the goal to change the world cause maybe it is too late as scientists say, but it is an action for the sake of action. Because when I die, I want to be able to look back knowing I had a legacy to be proud of. This action does not have to start off big and dramatic. It can start humbly like within your own flat.