January 27, 2023 - 6:54:57 am
Unappreciated Treasure Found Amidst The Adversities

By: Christian L. Martelino / Editor-In-Chief

Art student Gregory Borlein prepares his graffito with the inscription "The Corona Virus is a Wake up Call an our Chance to built a new and loving Society" on a wall in the slaughterhouse district in Munich, Germany, Saturday, March 14, 2020. Only for most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)

Image from https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/culture/2020/03/18/covid-19-how-the-art-world-is-taking-on-the-virus

Every day we consume art, from that book you are reading to that motivational quote you saw on social media. Basically, everything we see is art. However, art was considered a luxury not only in the Philippines but worldwide in the past years. Fast forward to 2020, when COVID-19 caused a global pandemic, wherein many people do not have a choice but to stay at home to be safe from the virus. Does art matter during this time? Surprisingly, art played a significant role during this miserable time. 


The COVID-19 pandemic is indeed one of the things that cause stress to everyone. Everybody is anxious about the current situation. However, there are various ways to cope with it, and one of them is engaging with art. Furthermore, art is a form of communication in which an artist can freely express what they want to convey. The availability of media and art enabled us to communicate our emotions, particularly our fears, to survive each day. 


Moreover, consuming and creating art helps our mental health. Art comes in different forms; painting, music, movies, and many more. According to Neurobiologist Semir Zeki, art makes people happy and helps in reducing mental exhaustion. Letting ourselves get lost in the music or simply admiring an artwork will help us get through the day during isolation. 


Furthermore, since everyone is staying in their houses for their safety, they can still enjoy art at the convenience of their own homes. It is possible through the use of technology. A variety of streaming and social media platforms can serve as a place for people to produce and view art. People, for instance, share their favorite Netflix movies and the music that is currently playing on repeat on Spotify. In addition, Instagram served as a channel for artists to share their creations with other people. Despite being labeled as non-essential, art gives people a sense of hope during this time when we need it the most. 


Something non-essential turned out to be a gem that gives us light through one of our darkest days. The discovery and appreciation towards art helped us to detach from the harsh reality. Hopefully, after all of this, art will be seen as more than just "art," but as something that can give us hope and inspiration in our daily lives.