The Idea (Origin and Development)
At the same time, this project was also created to raise awareness for an amazing charity called Huddersfield Mission, who help people with issues such as mental health, poverty, homelessness, benefits and lots more.
However, due to the consequences of COVID-19, the ability to work with the charity and members of its art group became impossible.
Since then, the project has developed a more personal, community-like persona. The paintings that were created in response to people's thoughts and ideas, now resemble a collage of humanity's connections with not only the outside world, but with each other. By this, I mean it is interesting to see the similarities between people's responses; for example, several participants drew upon their admiration of their partners because of their love for each other and the bond they all share - 4. My Boyfriend, 53. My Wife, 75. My Boyfriend III. Equally, it is also fascinating to see the difference in peoples responses; for example, although there were 14 responses for Music, each person had their own reason for feeling connected to it.
Ironically, COVID-19 has also highlighted the convenience of technology. In a time of social distancing and lack of physical communication, the usage of video calling and social media has allowed humanity to keep in contact with one another.