(b. 1994, New York, New York; lives and works in Union City, New Jersey)
West New York, 2020, 2020. Digital photograph. Courtesy of the artist.
This year has been a test for everyone’s mental health to say the least. The countless killings of Black men, women and children, the carelessness of our government, and the virus are incredibly triggering. Having to adjust can be difficult. Although photography helps with my depression it isn’t a fix-all. My healing process is ever-evolving and I wanted to create something that captures the continuous effort needed to stay afloat. This work is just a reminder to all that we will never give up on the pursuit of peace and happiness.
Arielle Bobb-Willis is a participant in Art on the Grid, a citywide, open-air exhibition presented by Public Art Fund. Conceived in the spring of 2020, the exhibition features 50 artists’ reflections on the converging crises of the coronavirus pandemic and systemic racism in our country.