This piece depicts a student looking lost and unsure. The background is based on my school campus at St. Albans. I wanted to evoke my feelings of being unsure of my future as a student. Many teens are unsure or nervous about what comes after high school and how they should plan out their lives, careers, and colleges. The gas mask on the student represents the added pressure that COVID has brought. COVID has taken opportunities and made lives harder for many teens and the gas mask symbolizes that extreme toll that COVID has had on students and their community. While being in quarantine, I felt what I describe as an emotional toxicity in which I was deflated, claustrophobic, and tired. This piece is a summary of my experience and the relationship of COVID and school overall.
Erick Buendia is an aspiring artist, filmmaker, and writer from the DC area. He looks towards creating striking and fun imagery in his art while capturing a mood. His art has appeared in 3elements review, and CelebratingArt.org. His short stories have also been seen in Bombfirelit and 101words.