‘On the one hand, but on the other hand!’ by Katie Henderson
Hi, I’m Katie! I’m 26 and I am currently in my first year at the University of South Wales on the Creative and Therapeutic Arts Course. I am so passionate about the arts in all of its forms as I used to be involved in the theatre industry at previous universities! Being creative brings me joy and my aspiration is to spread that joy to others!
Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?
My experience of lockdown has been an interesting one! I don’t know if I would say I have changed because of lockdown, but I think that lockdown blessed me with the time and clarity that I needed to make some important life decisions. I think that it proved to me and made me realise that I am mentally stronger than I used to give myself credit for. So I think it shone a light on my capabilities which I was perhaps too anxious to unleash before! Equally, it proved to me that I need outside interaction more than I thought I did. Simple actions like not being able to sit in my local coffee shop would cause me so much upset on days where I was struggling! We need human interaction, and lockdown made me realise I need it more than I thought I did!
What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it?
I would absolutely have to say that spending time with my partner was a huge positive that came from lockdown! It’s time we would have never been able to share in normal circumstances! We managed to transform our garden and spend time outside! We also spent time doing nothing together and completed marvel marathons! Those moments are the ones that I remember when we would just be in each other’s company without the stresses of work or needing to get tasks done!
Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.
My biggest change heading out of lockdown was that I got accepted on the university course that I am currently studying. This has given me a great amount of focus and responsibility as I look to the future. I think since lockdown I am constantly adapting to what seems like a new way of living. As much as I would love to go back to how things were, I’m trying to make the most of the situation and make each day count!
What is the story behind your hand art?
I decided I wanted to convey a personal reflection of my time during lockdown. I think it’s quite easy to look at lockdown as a horrible experience as we are in the midst of a global pandemic, we are unable to join friends and family. So naturally, those things played a big part to my own experiences. There was fear to go outside, the fear being forced into my home in the constant news coverage, I missed my friends and family. But, if I look at my time in lockdown retrospectively, I actually recall more good times than I do bad. As mentioned above I achieved a lot, spent time with my partner and grew as a person. So on the one hand, lockdown was a struggle, we were plummeted into a life that wasn’t normal, what was happening in the world around us was scary. But on the other hand, I achieved more than I may have done without this time. I wanted to remind myself and others to try and focus on the positives of a situation, both in lockdown and going forward! Remember to look at both hands!