January 26, 2022

Do We Comprehend the Long-Term Consequences of the Lockdown?

Melinda Babai

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Oil Paint, Acrylic Paint, Paper, WoodFreely, Encaged, 2022With Frame: 50cm x 40cm, Bird's Painting: 16,5cm x 10,5cm
Currently this issue affects everyone in the world. In my case it is even more important because it has effects to my 3-years old son. I researched surveying and articles about this theme, plus I have personal experience which is the same as what I read. My son’s communication and language skills developing slower, he doesn’t know how to play with other children. Our family lives abroad so the restrictions make the personal contact more difficult.
We lived through the self-isolation like a little bird in a cage. Although the bird symbolizes freedom, yet it cannot fly away. We spent the lockdown at home, we were allowed to go out BUT with limitations. Our living space is comfortable but confined. The bird lives in a natural, branched environment however these branches also hold it back. In the long run, as with any living being in captivity, mental problems can arise.
I wanted to show the emotion what we have gone through and I would like to draw attention to the increase in mental illness during lockdown. Isolation, loss of income and fear are triggering mental health conditions. I think this is a relevant theme what should not be taken lightly.