14 months later: Art
For the last TKC news cycle of the school year, next year’s editorial board decided to pose a prompt to our staff:
It’s been 14 months since COVID-19 brought the world to a standstill. What have these past 14 months taught or meant to you?
Out of this prompt, staffers could choose to write a column or create a visual representation through art or photo.
Here is TKC’s “14 months later…” art, each intentionally with a one-word headline:
Pause – Thao-Vi Do
These past 14 months have allowed me to truly pause and appreciate the little things even though it did take some adjusting and perseverance. Without being able to see my friends and go places, these last 14 months made me cherish everything I had right in front of me. Instead of longing for each day to end, I was given a chance to slow down and acknowledge the things I had taken for granted. For t...
Growth – Emma Frizzell
In response to the 14 months later prompt, I chose to draw a self portrait. I wanted this art piece to show how I’ve grown into myself during this time. Even though it wasn’t always enjoyable, over these months I was still able to change in positive ways. Being able to develop my own sense of style and self during the pandemic helped me to get through these months. In this piece I chose to use a sketc...
Connected – Morgan Hooker
The past 14 months have been terribly difficult for everyone. But, what I’ve taken away from it is the importance of those you care about. Social interaction isn’t always easy or enjoyable, but spending time with friends and family allows us all to flourish. The absence of social interaction these past months have really taken a toll. Yet, when I get the chance, every once and a while, to see ...
Identity – Merry Schlarman
For my 14 months later project, I wanted to illustrate the journey I’ve had with my own identity. While these past 14 months have been a struggle in isolation, I’ve also had the opportunity to grow as a person in the time I’ve had to myself. I’ve been given the time to examine who I am as a person, and who matters to me. COVID-19 has allowed me to give an outside look at the connections I s...
Break – Laurel Seidensticker
For my art, I drew a cartoon that captured my feelings around learning to self prioritize. It took until 2020 to understand that my health and well-being are valuable. While school is important, it is not worth ruining my mental and physical health over. As someone who gets chronic migraines that worsen with stress, 2020 was rough. The unconventionality of this year helped me understand that it is...
Technology – Elena Sherwood
My art piece is intended to show that even though technology is supposed to be a connector; it can also make us mentally disconnected. Facetime is great but it does not compete with face to face human interaction. These past 14 months have reminded me that human connection is one of the most important things to me. COVID-19 is a reminder that we can get through anything no matter how difficult it may be. &nb...
Friendship – Kain Stobbe
I drew this piece of art to represent the friends I was able to connect with over the last 14 months. When the pandemic began, I had very few friends. But I was able to meet 18 new people through Discord, a messaging app. This piece of art is based off of the first time we were able to see each other in person. Although most of us go to KHS, a few of us live in different states and it was exciting to m...
Juxtaposition – Liv Timp
COVID-19 brought me so much bad, and good. But it was hard to see through the negatives that came with living through a pandemic at 16. Dealing with anti-maskers or COVID-19 deniers (sometimes in my family), worrying about the vaccine, variants and whether or not my girlfriend was ever going to get out of quarantine. I had to force myself to step back and see the beauty that also came out of it. I got...
Solitude – Elizabeth Yenzer
This is a rather humorous cartoon-like piece I made to represent my journey throughout quarantine. By journey, I, of course, am referring to the stagnant, static, and stupid mess that is my social life. Yes, it is true; I am introverted—only the millionth example of this painfully overused trope. It is sure to be shocking you to your core as we speak. A pandemic can change a lot, but it can not change my strong distaste for human interaction....