The Covid epidemic has changed my life in so many ways. Wearing masks and social distancing is just a small portion of the changes in my life. The major change I learned was gratitude. What is gratitude? The definition of gratitude is to be thankful or appreciative of your circumstances. In the past three years, I created a body of work pertaining to gratitude. I learned to be grateful for the good and bad memories in my life. With the rise of the Coronavirus, I slowed down and reflected on my life.
I explored my childhood and adult memories, and how they shaped my life during quarantine. I unboxed my memories and addressed certain issues in life. In the past, I did not want to address the memories; because I felt ashamed to tell people my stories. I thought people did not want to hear stories about a kid living in housing projects in Philadelphia; so, I avoided using the subject in my work. During the quarantine, I looked through old childhood pictures, and I started creating different collages of the photos while incorporating Philadelphia symbols.
Then, I shared my wild stories with my close friends; as a result, they encouraged me to share my collages with the world. They felt the stories were funny, unique, and relatable and made the artwork stronger. As an experiment, I used social media to test my recent theory. I posted new images and added stories to the descriptions. I received many positive comments from friends, family, and strangers on social media. People were engaged with the images and descriptions, and many art opportunities opened. I feared people would look at me differently, but the new artwork brought positive reactions and feedback. Covid taught me to appreciate my memories. I learned to cherish the memories, and how they shaped my being.