I Carried A Watermelon

Melissa Hallett, 2021.

I’ve always been drawn to making works that take on a visual and poetic tone. My artwork is about the loneliness and anxiety people have experienced during the isolated time of the COVID 19 pandemic. Nostalgia became a kind of narcotic, where people streamed movies and television endlessly re-watching and consuming media. It was very clear that the government and health officials did not have enough mental health supports for people who were feeling the effects of quarantine and closure. I would go a step further, and say that the COVID pandemic exposed a total lack of respect for mental illness. We are told that physical health is just as important as mental health, but this is a shallow effort. We have left people alone in hospitals to die and alone in the confines of their homes isolated and in despair mindlessly getting lost in media.