Will You Hug Me Forever, Hour 7
As the COVID-19 virus claims the lives of my extended family and friends and family grapple with its symptoms, I feel both lucky and trapped in isolation with my children.
I chose to wear a mask for 8+ plus hours while I went about my normal day–homeschooling two young kids, cooking meals, laundry, walking the dog, gardening and listening to music. I photographed myself at hour intervals. This process and durational piece taught me more than I expected. At times I was exhausted and my breath felt completely restricted, pressure built in my sinuses and temples, my nose dripped, and I became overwhelmed with the emotions over our reality and the loss of physical connection to my children. I do not understand how our health care professionals and my dear friends manage under these conditions to serve us. Spend a day with restricted airflow, you will appreciate your freedom more than you already know.
My 6 year old daughter asked me recently, " Will You Hug Me Forever"? Yes I answered, as long as I am able.
Printed on 11x14 Fine art paper with an image size of 8x10