From the Artist: In March of 2020, I felt what I imagine most others did: uncertainty, a sense of fear, and sadness for those impacted by the virus. At the time, I was in the city of Luang Prabang, Laos. I felt safe where I was: there were no reported cases of the virus in the country and many individuals were taking precautions. That being said, I knew my time in Southeast Asia was coming to an end. The world was in crisis and I was eager to return to my loved ones in New York.
My last day in Luang Prabang was spent at a silk weaving workshop. This photograph captures the beauty and vibrance of the silk threads, along with a single cup of tea along the edge. The various colors are illuminated by the strong afternoon sunlight. Simple pleasures, such as a cup of tea, have somehow become much more important this last year. The vibrant colors, along with the silk scarf lying folded on the table, remind me of the power of art and how it can help us feel connected in a chaotic world.
While at the workshop, one master weaver showed me how to craft a scarf. For me, this image symbolizes possibility and the power of kindness, for I am reminded of a day spent with fellow artists who shared their craft. Lastly, the colors and textures evoke a sense of resilience and warmth, both qualities that are invaluable in an uncertain world.