Another week gone by and the coronavirus situation hasn’t gotten better although I think I’m dealing with it a little better. I’d say this is largely due to a big oil pastel drawing I have been doing in times of stress. It’s literally just the words “Covid-19 Anxiety” but I think since it’s so colourful and fun to draw it takes some of my fear away and gets what is on my mind (and everyone else) out and onto paper.

I will continue to post it’s progress since it’s looking like I’ll have time to fill in the whole thing with crazy oil pastel colours!

Degree Show Cancellation 😦

General Waste – Paper cut out installation

Like most other art degree end of year exhibitions, ours too (the Leeds Arts University Degree Show 2020) has unfortunately been cancelled due to the damn coronavirus. I am devastated.

With an awareness that there are many much worse things happening because of this pandemic I am trying not to dwell on it too much. It is what it is. But I feel it necessary (and cathartic) to discuss. For us art students this is a culmination of 3 years hard work and learning. It is the event that sets off many graduates careers, where they have the opportunity to showcase their work to important audiences with offers of funding and residencies etc. It is also a celebration of graduating, of finishing an art degree, which in my opinion is a task not to be underestimated, it’s hard!

There will be no physical degree show. BUT there is opportunity for some kind of online degree show. With our creativity and ingenuity we will make something that showcases our practices, it will be strange not to exhibit a physical piece to an audience. But I am excited to see what we come up with!

Checking in!

Hello internet. I have unfortunately been absent from this blog for a couple of weeks. I usually try to prep a post on Sunday and get it up Sunday night / Monday morning, but for a few reasons that has been difficult recently. I have been working on a large post about fast fashion that I will hopefully finish soon and I have been more busy then usual in general because I’m in my final year of uni. But a big contributor to my lack of posting has been coronavirus…

As someone with health anxiety I have been struggling to stay positive at times. With all the underlying (and non-underlying) stress from our current global situation, I have found it hard to stay motivated.

As I’m sure many of you are in the same boat I thought I’d share. Hopefully knowing others are having difficulties with this is a comfort to some of you and we can try to keep each other positive.

Here are some of the things I have been doing to combat the bad thoughts!

  1. NOT checking coronavirus updates constantly. Being informed enough to stay safe but avoiding excessive exposure to media coverage on this subject.
  2. Accepting that its normal to have fear and anxiety while not allowing that to take over by focusing on what I can control e.g. washing my hands, social distancing…
  3. Distracting myself by keeping busy with work/ being creative.
  4. Going out SAFELY. I have been social distancing, but I have been getting out into nature. It’s always cathartic and its something to do which doesn’t involve contact with anyone. In other words I’m taking my dog on a lot of long walks at the moment. He thinks it’s great!
Jumping action shot
NASA Image

One more thing – I have been wondering how all of this will affect the environment and climate crisis. There has been an image going round comparing pollution in China before and during Covid-19 showing that pollution has dramatically decreased. But will this last, or will corporations over compensate when this is all over? Exploring this might have to be another post!

What ever the ecological after effects are to be, there is no denying that in the case of coronavirus people all over the world are relying on science for information and instruction. I hope that this will spur discussion on the climate crisis and urge more people to accept what scientist say about the climate and environment. It is something to be taken just as seriously (if not more) as covid-19.