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Sorry sir, my connection is bad

August 16, 2021

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In this artwork I used digital tools like photoshop and procreate to create a collage on the theme of The New Normal. Plainly, the main inspiration was the pandemic and the memories and thoughts I associate with the year and a half long pause in our lives. I wanted to bring these memories into a visualization for the observer. I used many elements in the work including line drawing, text and pictures of a real life model I had constructed last month.

The texts in the artwork are actual messages I have sent or received this past year. Using them made me acknowledge the new vocabulary we now use on the daily basis and the frequently used phrases excusing our tardiness to online classes or the lack of finished homework, like ‘ “Sorry Sir, my connection is bad”. I envisioned the collage as somewhat abstract where the viewer can focus their gaze on different elements of the artwork and move through it piece by piece and consider the detail.

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I felt that there were many emotions I experienced while looking at the collage. On the one hand, I was frustrated with the changes the virus had brought our way, like not being able to see family or cancelled events. But on the other hand, I was grateful for the new practices it opened my eyes to. For instance, biking and taking advantage of the environment we’re given or learning to connect with friends and family no matter the circumstances. And although it was not too illuminating to perform in an annual ballet show to no one but a camera, I had made many memories with friends and learned a lot about the sacrifices we need to make ever so often.

In short, illustrating The New Normal seemed as the perfect place to fill the page with different recollections I had made through the times, whether they were the best or the worst.

And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that it’s extremely difficult to conclude artwork descriptions - sorry, my connection is bad...

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Elizabeth Bronstein

Art Editor

Co-founder of Harbingers’ Magazine

Born in 2005 in Moscow Russia, Elizabeth Bronstein has always been interested in creating, making, being part of artistic projects and bringing her vision into things people can see and experience themselves.

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