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Painted by Jane Forrest, 16, Toront, Canada

Author’s Note

This painting is what the anxiety of the pandemic feels like. I am floating and have no control. I don’t know when I’ll get to hug my grandparents again, or if I’ll get to see my friends on my 16th birthday. I am constantly told “just a few more weeks” “it will be over soon” but then there’s another announcement, and another lockdown. The light represents art and specifically my art class at school. Art has been the thing to get me through this pandemic, and the community at my art school is the light in all of this darkness.


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