For my usual Artist Statements, I start off by talking about my usual choice of medium, the direction I like to take my art, etc. But, this has not been a usual year, and thus my art has been far from the norm, so I think it’s only fair my Artist Statement is as well. Due to the bizarre nature of this year, my art practices changed drastically. Emotionally, mentally, and physically I have and still am dealing with so much, that my usual way of creating art no longer felt pleasurable. I tried to wrestle with this fact by completely branching off and trying something new, which I am still attempting to do at this moment. These were some of my first attempts in life at abstract art, and they were some of the only artwork I completed this year that I actually liked the result of. My first attempt, Untitled, was my way of easing into the world of abstraction, and simply focusing on color, mark making, and texture. Then, I dove into abstraction that had some sort of representation attached to it, to focus on my feelings of conflict surrounding a particular event in history. Turns out, being stuck sitting in your room for hours on end, day after day, can leave someone (especially a senior) rather unmotivated, and uninspired. However I think my solution worked out rather well. By removing the stress of needing to create something beautiful, I ended up with artwork that I actually enjoyed and meant something to me. Moving forward, even when the pandemic is over, I will continue to experiment and be less focused on making something “beautiful” or “perfect,” especially to others. What this year has taught me is that simply the practice of making art is quite enough.