'Even when we're alone, we're alone together': An illustrated diary from fourteen days of isolation
Rebecca Roher shares an all-too-relatable record — in daily drawings — of two weeks in quarantine
Pandemic Diaries is a series of personal essays by Canadian writers and artists reflecting on their experiences during COVID-19. This special edition is an illustrated diary by cartoonist and educator Rebecca Roher.
After a hasty return from an artist residency in France, I went directly into quarantine for two weeks at a friend's empty Airbnb apartment in downtown Toronto. Having already been essentially isolated at my residency for the previous two and a half months, I was beginning to feel the effects on my mental health — such as a deep sadness at the impossibility of a hug — so I made diary comics to keep myself company and to mark the days which were otherwise beginning to blur.
In those first few weeks of increasing restrictions, so much was changing so quickly, and almost all the plans I had made for the upcoming months flew into uncertainty. Making these diary comics has been a great way to ground myself in the present, feel connection by putting something out into the world, and bring a little levity to a deeply worrying situation. It's ironic, and even a bit funny, that feeling alone at times is something we all as humans share — so even when we're alone, we're alone together.
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