• Naseem Syed

'2(many)metres away'

I'm a student at University of South Wales, studying Creative and Therapeutic Arts and I'm aware of how well art can support us through many ways. whether that is sharing our stories with the world or creating for ourselves. I have always been a very creative and imaginative person and constantly working creatively, if I'm not doing university work I'm working on my own projects.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Since lockdown, I feel a lot more confident in myself and how I feel about my work. During this year I've started to work on how I feel about my personal work and allowing myself to just 'go with the flow' and to be adventurous with all the forms of art.

What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it?

Creating has always throughout my life brought me joy. I love how art can transform us to different places or how we see the world. My mother recently came home from hospital, after a long stay of sixth months and being able to feel her love in my presence again. My mother has always given me the confidence to be myself and not be judged by my own opinions, so I would just like to thank her for everything she has done and how happy she makes me as a person.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

I think that lockdown hasn't changed me as a person but the outlook I have on the world and the impact I can have if I listen to my heart. Even though this year hasn't been the easiest for everyone, I believe that in the future we will all look at this year together and be grateful for the communities that we have.

What is the story behind your hand art?

'2(many)metres away' is focused on how we as humans tend to lean on others to allow us to be our full potential selves or feel more confident around others. we as humans need to spend time with others because connection with others is vital for our wellbeing. Now that we're not allowed to socialise, for a lot of people this now means that they're either on their own or feel alone and this can have a negative impact on our wellbeing. the title '2(many)metres away' is based on how the 2 metre rule feels like so much more because they need to see others to feel good about themselves. to summarize, this piece focuses on how we can not unlock our full potential selves because some of us can't see friends or family who makes us feel happy and good about ourselves

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