Social isolation affects the creativity of CHS students



Senior Charlotte Frick of Wall painted rocks and shells to put in her neighborhood for the Kindness Rock Project.

Carla Vreeland

In an unprecedented time of crisis, it is generally common knowledge that everyone reacts in different ways. When life becomes limited, and just going outside and seeing family is a risk, these reactions heighten. 

During the reign and aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person outlets for artists were shut down and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. Art galleries, theatres and art and music classes are low on the list of priorities, which has not only cost more than 2.3 million jobs, according to The Brookings Institution, but has also affected the creativity of all ages. 

Junior David Pietras of Marlboro explains that the lack of in-person interaction has prevented him from discussing ideas with others, which would incentivise and inspire him to create.

“I was inspired by my friends, places I’d go, random conversations I’d overhear at the mall, etc. But now my creativity is more inwardly focused,” Pietras said. 

Despite the obvious downsides, the virus has granted lots of students more time at home without distractions. 

Senior Charlotte Frick of Wall has used this new found time to offer warmth and support during a period of such isolation.

“As a result of quarantine, I’ve had more time to paint,” she said. “I’ve been painting rocks with little things like ‘smile,’ ‘stay positive’ and other phrases, then leaving them around my neighborhood as a part of the Kindness Rock Project.”

During an era of constant distraction, being forced to stay inside provided some students the unexpected opportunity to create. 

Frick commented how her desire to create often comes in waves.

“I think quarantine has both increased my want to create and decreased it at the same time,” Frick said. “There are days where I feel like I have no inspiration to create and others where I want to spend the entire day taking pictures and/or painting.”