Isolation: a common state of affairs among artists. Creativity requires alone time. Generally, we gather information, caresses touching our souls, as we live in the world. Ideas swirl, coalesce, reform within the period of incubation. Then we withdraw to put our light to paper. Subsequently, we re-emerge to show the world the results, be it visual, musical, theatrical, choreography or a combination of all.
Isolation suits me
As a result, our present circumstance of isolation suits me for the moment. Incubation can still occur in the inundation of virtual information. I am spending way more time on my computer, usage up thirty-three percent from last week and growing. The internet is a blessing, enabling me to keep in touch with those I love and stimulating my brain. Too much of a good thing can also be a curse. Requires supervision and limitation.
Stepping out of my comfort zone
Our new normal demands rethinking schedules and priorities. Moving into the virtual sphere precludes an expertise absent in my repertoire. Pushed out of my comfort zone, I am considering making videos instead of taking photos. I long for my former isolation. My studio is cozy. However, help abounds. All I need do is ask or google it.
Since the statistics show how our isolation, social distancing, is essential for flattening the curve, I am willing to comply. We are in this for the long haul. I look forward to changes in other aspects of the governance of our world. Rather than hanging on to what was not working before, we can implement new ways of living. Simplicity is key. Staying at home forces us to embrace a simpler lifestyle at a slower pace. We will all be the better for it.
A final note. The statistics aforementioned also indicate we might not do well if we let go of our isolation too soon. The graph is taken from historical annals dealing with the Spanish Flu and supplied by the National Geographic. My hope is the larger population continues to help one another sharing their light while those in charge may abandon the general good for personal aggrandisement.
Even in isolation, with the help of the internet, sales are possible. A special thank you to the discerning customer who purchased “Stuck/immobile” earlier this week. Another learning curve challenges me: shipping internationally. Hang in there with me. All will be well.