My entry explores the theme of contradiction, and the idea that, throughout our lives, we are often immersed in situations which may bear mixed emotions and/or outcomes. So often, we deny ourselves of the positive aspects of these situations, and focus on the negative aspects. In my opinion, this has been especially true for many of us during the COVID-19 lockdown period. In my first painting I have incorporated a variety of cherry called ‘Bittersweet’. Despite their charming, colourful appearance, they are poisonous to consume. Imagine someone deliberating whether or not to eat one of these cherries. – In this situation, a negative attitude would prevent a deadly outcome. Can the same be said for our response to COVID-19 ? Has the negativity surrounding the pandemic been detrimental to our wellbeing? Or has it allowed us to respond more promptly and accordingly to the situation?