Renata Dutrée, alumna
In the Shadows of my Mind
And then came the coronavirus. It took some time before people all over the world really started to understand the magnitude of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes. We now know that it can cause lung-, heart- and brain- damage and that a definite cure or vaccine isn’t available yet. It acts as an invisible enemy and can have lethal impact.
We are forced to be more reflective on our decision-making and the chain of causality. The risk of putting our loved ones in danger is clearly present
The turmoil we find ourselves in, with no end in sight yet, leaves us not only isolated but drained as well. We feel locked up in the confined spaces of our homes. The stress and anxiety are taking their toll on our mental health. Feeling uncertain about what is to come, the loneliness, grief and despair, death, we try to look for consolation. We long for the soothing greens of nature to expel the blues from our minds. But nothing is as it was before. We’re at a loss and experience dizziness and disconnect. We have difficulty in focusing, find it hard to concentrate. But what happens in our minds will ultimately decide our actions or lack of these.
With this series I try to find ways to express these feelings of loss and uncertainty. These feelings, if left unattended, might prove to be equally harming as the virus itself. It is a lonely place, being on your own. These images hopefully offer some solace in a time where we seem to be disconnected not only to our environment but to ourselves as well.