Create an artwork about what 2018 was for you, in any media!
Need inspiration? Read this New York Times article, “2018, as Seen by Five Artists.”
“In 2018, I moved out of my family house, in which I lived for almost 60 years. I relived a lot of old memories, one of them being the sudden death of my father 40 years ago in that house. On the drawing I am positioned at the right hand side. When my father was laid out, my tears did not fall on him, but on the glass of his coffin.
Afterwards I became a caretaker for my mother, who was bound to a wheelchair. The symbols of my many prayers you can find alongside the frame of the drawing. The squares in the drawing symbolize the old patterns, such as needing a lot of certainty and routine. There is a lot more symbolism to be found in the drawing. Now I am finally ready to turn my head the other way.”
“My 2018 has been about moving forward, about connections and overall living a more colorful life. Each figure represents one month of 2018 and the colors all have a personal symbolic meaning to them. I tried for the postures to be more confident the further they leap into the year. My process started with finding a heading for each month about the significant changes in my life. I then tried to find postures that would represent my attitude in that month and then colors, that influenced me in each time period. I met many new people in 2018 and so parts of my encounters are represented through these figures.”