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August 16, 2021

Sorry sir, my connection is bad

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In this artwork, I used digital tools like Photoshop and Procreate to create a collage on the theme of The New Normal.

Plainly, the main inspiration was the pandemic and the memories and thoughts I associate with the year-and-a-half-long pause in our lives. I wanted to bring these memories into a visualization for the observer. I used many elements in the work, including line drawing, text and pictures of a real-life model I had constructed last month.

The texts in the artwork are actual messages I have sent or received this past year. Using them made me acknowledge the new vocabulary we now use on the daily basis and the frequently used phrases excusing our tardiness to online classes or the lack of finished homework, like ‘ “Sorry Sir, my connection is bad”. I envisioned the collage as somewhat abstract, where the viewer can focus their gaze on different elements of the artwork and move through it piece by piece and consider the detail.

About the author

Elizabeth Bronstein

Elizabeth Bronstein

Born in 2005 in Moscow, Russia, Elizabeth has always been interested in creating, making, and being part of artistic projects and bringing her vision into things people can see and experience.

I felt that there were many emotions I experienced while looking at the collage. On the one hand, I was frustrated with the changes the virus had brought our way, like not being able to see family or cancelled events. But on the other hand, I was grateful for the new practices it opened my eyes to. For instance, biking and taking advantage of the environment we’re given or learning to connect with friends and family no matter the circumstances. And although it was not too illuminating to perform in an annual ballet show to no one but a camera, I made many memories with friends and learned a lot about the sacrifices we need to make ever so often.

In short, illustrating The New Normal seemed like the perfect place to fill the page with different recollections I had made through the times, whether they were the best or the worst.

And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it is that it’s extremely difficult to conclude artwork descriptions.

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Elizabeth Bronstein

Art Editor

Co-founder of Harbingers’ Magazine

Elizabeth Bronstein (2005) – always interested in creating, making with my hands and being part of artistic projects. It has consistently been very exciting to bring my vision into something people can see and experience themselves.

Born in Moscow, I was surrounded, from a young age, by the rich culture of dance, music and art; something my parents routinely encouraged in me throughout my childhood. Taking art classes as a child, I quickly fell in love with creating and transforming an idea into a visual work and have been gripped ever since.

Through my artwork, I want to captivate and tell a story which the viewer can relate to. In the future, I hope to get a degree in architecture and continue working on design.

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