by Yali RomagozaFeatured image: Yali Romagoza, Playing with Dolls, 2020 “In my world, my body is my home,” (2012); “Drawing my way out of…
Art develops our sense of perspective and dimensionality both physically and metaphorically. It took artists until the invention of lenses to find three-dimensional perspective in paintings and as we develop ourselves and our tools, our perception of perspective continues to evolve. Meanwhile our own collective sense of perspective is going through a shift as the world restricts movement.
This quarantine period of isolation in a way transformed us all into artists-in-residence, who are doing a durational performance that examines the notion of time. Our homes have transformed into galleries, offices, bars, and cultural venues. My home has become an interactive, interchangeable installation of an art/dance studio, classroom, restaurant, and an exclusive lounge.
I am thinking what it takes to heal from such traumatic experiences and what we as artists need to do to support our personal and collective healing. For me personally healing is an ongoing multidisciplinary art practice that I am involved in daily.
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I do live streams of piano, uke and singing. I regularly attend open mics. I turned my bathtub into an ever changing art gallery and play in there.
Our health is our wealth, and this crisis only highlights how so many human beings put their health on the back burner until it was too late, catalyzed of course by misinformation, workaholism as the norm, the splintered family relations of late-capitalism, and a medical model that obscures the basic interconnectivity of the body-mind-spirit to profit off of disease and mental illness.
Art workers are essential to society not solely to entertain it. In difficult times we are getting hit the hardest and we are not receiving due support. At the same time, we are somehow expected to create masterpieces during the quarantine because we have “free time” and because the “struggle is real”. Though the struggle is too real for too many, some of us do not have money to pay rent, to buy food and to provide for our families. The majority of us do not have health insurance and we are terrified of hospital bills.