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During the month of May, while sheltering-in-place, I created 41 pages in a banana-leaf photo album with some of the ephemera from our trip to Asia in 2010. We explored everywhere between Komodo National Park to Lhasa, Tibet. In between was Bali, Borneo, Singapore, Hong Kong and China. Each page took 8-10 hours. In the evenings we would reminisce about the memories from the page that I had created that day.
"Mapping this moment" of continuously changing feelings. From anxiety to hope, from creativity to despair.
Here is my take on the last three months spent at home with my 3 year old twins. Initially I was on a rollercoaster of emotions and worry about the virus. Meanwhile the children were too young to fully understand and think we just stay at home and hang out in the garden and that’s life now. There was always great excitement whenever they spotted a plane ( which was few and far between these days). They are convinced their cousin from Melbourne is on the plane enroute to play with them. Oh to be young again!
My illustration features what has helped me get through the pandemic thus far. As I was creating this piece, I got to thinking about what has changed in terms of how people have managed to get through past pandemics. Some things may not have changed, such as washing your hands and wearing a mask, but one thing that has definitely helped make things easier is technology. It is now easier than ever to communicate with people from all over the world. I realize not everyone has access to technology, so I am truly grateful that I can have video calls with my family and friends every week, to help keep me sane.
During lockdown I started illustrated joyful moments to keep the family spirit up and running. Every little detail of this household map is linked with a special moment during lockdown from turning a melon into a bumblebee, to watching pigeons showering in the rain, playing music and learning new skills.
My pets have always provided comfort and joy to me, and that feeling especially rings true at the moment. During this time of uncertainty and sadness, my cat Finn keeps me sane and grounded. Spending time with him – even just watching him nap on the porch – calms me, and I feel like it’s all going to be okay. He’s there for everything my husband and I do, and I cherish his constant companionship each day. This map is a testament to Finn, illustrating his funny, irreverent, charming personality and his steadfast love. In memory of Ben Levie, my father and fellow cat lover.
From a young age, I've always been drawn to mascots. There's something about their big goofy smiling faces that has always made me smile. About three years ago, I moved to South Korea to teach English and while living there and traveling to Japan, I learned that mascots were an everyday part of people's lives and I wanted in. I decided to create my own mascot to represent myself and my travel adventures online and went all in writing and drawing regularly after moving home to the States. Late February of this year, I moved to Canada to live with my boyfriend and almost immediately got stuck indoors. While my routine hasn't changed all that much from before, I've only seen two aspects of Canada: cold winter and quarantine! :) I've decided to make the best of this indoor life here and I created these mascots, The Quaranteenies to represent this crazy time and reflect on my past life traveling.
My illustration is about our life during this phase of a global pandemic. I am a lazy person but I have been doing some amazing things in this isolation. Years down the lane when i stumble upon this piece it will remind of the ample time i could use for myself and all the positive things i learnt in this period of time. I'm using this opportunity to do things which i could not do earlier due to lack of time. Right from cooking to decluttering to creating new content to having my own mini garden and unleashing the artist in me, its been great. I am Healing along with nature and hoping for better days to come and to make more out of our lives in future .
Not being able to share this desperate times with my son, family and friends really made this period very challenging.
During this quarantine period i got the chance to finally touch and read the books i wanted to. These books helped me stay positive in such mental breakdown environment. I find a bliss while reading such motivational and inspiring books.
Spending more time at home has me making more trips to the imaginary junk food truck than I'd like to admit. The added stress that this pandemic has brought on has me wondering if I am actually hungry or if I am stressed. Knowing how I feel before I reach for a sweet snack has given me more awareness of both my eating habits and my emotions. This allows for more self care and healthier choices overall.