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Hand drawing, featuring people raking leaves and a person voting
Hand drawing featuring stick figures holding hands and a person in a lawn chair with a laptop

Creating Art as a Memoir


I've done a lot of reflecting on my life in 2020, not only because of the pandemic but because I needed a brain surgery this summer. I lost months being in the hospital and learning to walk again. If you have to take it easy and recover your balance, a pandemic is a great time to do it. There's no FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), since nobody else is out traveling or doing anything exciting either. A Smithsonian "Art as Memoir" class helped me put some memories together in six accordian tiles, reflecting on childhood, working amidst health challenges, and this bizarre year of endurance.

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