• Naseem Syed

'Lost and Static' by Sophie Wighton


I am a disabled artist studying Creative and Therapeutic Arts as a mature student. I only have the use of one hand and experiment with ways to adapt activities to make them more accessible.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Lockdown has had a negative effect on my mental and physical health. As a disabled person living alone I have had to find ways to cope with isolation and the effects of not having access to physiotherapy.

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

I have reconnected with my love for drawing, customising clothing and music. A lot of my favourite artists have released new music during lockdown and it makes a brilliant creative soundtrack.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

I have become very withdrawn during lockdown. During the first part I stayed with my parents in England, but then moved away and have been alone for the second lockdown. It has shown me how humans truly are social animals, and even if we would often choose to spend time alone, having the choice taken away is devastating.

What is the story behind your hand art?

I have Cerebral Palsy and have gradually been losing the use of my right arm and hand. This piece represents my feelings about this. The colours express the frustration and sometimes hatred I feel toward my arm and hand. As I have not been able to access physiotherapy or the gym during lockdown, I lost the last movement I had in my fingers, which has had a significant effect on my mental health. I used this art to process and come to terms with accepting this loss.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I don't want this piece to be taken negatively. There are always ways to adapt arts activities. Mobility is fluid. It is important to accept changes, process how you feel about them and move on. Ignoring a problem doesn't make it go away. You have to adapt.

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