22 March 2020
One of the ways I’m coping with self-isolation is by working to keep what I can of my daily and weekly routines.
Waking at the same time I would if going to campus to work, walking the dog at the same times along the same route each day. That quiet cup of coffee in the morning, the slow ease of a glass of red wine at night.
Wednesdays I strip the beds, wash sheets, and put crisp, new bed linens on, with assistance from a particularly ‘helpful’ cat 😀
Saturday mornings I clean and wash the litter boxes, empty out and clean my fridge, mop the hardwood floors, clean the bathroom.
These small acts so much a part of my ‘normal’ weekly schedule, I’m finding, are helping to make the crisis we’re all sharing a bit less overwhelming, providing some balance in a regular, now-that’s-better, way.
“Routine” as a descriptor often gets a bad rap, but right now, it feels a lot like comfort.
Make art about the comfort to be found in routines.
16 March 2020
This is an in-class exercise I do with my Baby Poets, an attempt to get them to understand the emotional and emblematic power of every day objects.
Make art about one object that represents “possibility” for you.