New Normal

Monique Brideau21st Century


White Plains, United States

From the Artist: My sketchbook has acted as a visual journal during the pandemic. The paired down repetition of images represents the day to day of life in shutdown. The simple emoji-like symbols are easily identified as the collective experience of Covid. The simple images and execution suggest a resistance to go deeper in dealing with the magnitude of Covid, but perhaps also, an optimistic hope that things will get better. Even in the darkest of times, there were sweet moments. As an artist who works in an elementary school and as an Aunt to six nieces, I have found that children brighten the dark days of the pandemic. For them we keep calm and carry on. But what will we tell them of this time? My youngest niece who turned two in February has spent half her life in a pandemic. These drawings serve as visual storytelling and one that I will share with my niece someday.


  • Title: New Normal
  • Creator: Monique Brideau
  • Date Created: 21st Century
  • Location Created: New York, USA
  • Physical Dimensions: 11"x14"
  • Type: Drawing
  • Medium: Ink & Marker on Paper

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