If you asked me (Sophia) a year ago where I saw myself, I would not have guessed that I would be living in a global pandemic. Having to master the socially distant “smile and wave” instead of shaking hands or giving hugs was a process. Entering into quarantine impacted each individuals’ sense of normalcy to some degree, and it is understandable why many (including myself) struggled to adapt. Luckily, different activities have been beneficial for various aspects of health, acting as outlets to help. Many have turned to artistic expression, and it is incredible to see what everyone has been creating. Listening to stories of resiliency and generosity have also inspiring and uplifting. When the quarantine is over, we will have something to look back and reflect on how we persevered through the pandemic.
Illusive Artworks (Annalee Yerxa) creates original artworks on canvas and clothing inspired by mental health and well-being, intended to help others who may struggle sometimes. They try to help others understand that sometimes it’s okay not to be okay and that everyone needs to make time for their mental well-being, whether you have a mental illness/concern or not. For this reason, they also donate 20% of profits to the Canadian Mental Health Association.
Throughout their time in quarantine, Illusive Artworks has been creating lots of pieces about self-reflection and growth, both on canvas and clothing. Recently, they have been doing some digital work.
“I paint as a coping method and it has helped me manage my anxiety since COVID-19.”
For these paintings, Illusive Artworks explained that they took inspiration from personal experiences and mental health issues.