Herland III: The Body Resilient
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The Herland III exhibition at The Women’s Library is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday until 4 April 2021. View the work here if you are unable to visit.
Resiliency is our ability to rebound from times of stress, misfortune, and difficulty and 2020 was one heck of a difficult year.
Devastating bushfires, drought, and just when our heads were turned towards environmental destruction, COVID-19 dropped in like a dirty bomb. How have we coped and how have we adapted to these strange and uncertain times we now find ourselves in? Where do you place yourself in this so-called new normal? Where were you during the lockdown/s? Did geography impact you? Who were you with? Or were you alone? Did you move to a new house? Was your job impacted? Did COVID-19 inspire you? Or did it stifle your creativity? How many books have you or haven’t you read since March? As a Woman, was your emotional, financial, personal safety impacted?
The Oxford English Dictionary defines resilience as “Rebounding; recoiling; returning to the original position” and “Tending to recover quickly or easily from misfortune, shock, illness, or the like; buoyant, irrepressible; adaptable, robust, hardy.”
“Resilience is frequently characterized as the ability of something or someone to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, or bent. It is understood as the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused by compressive stress. Resilience, in sum, revolves around shock absorption.”~ Sarah Bracke
But can we return our original shape? Or must we go forward into an unknown and uncertain future? How will you go forward? What will it look like for you?
Image credit: Drawing by Bernadette Oosten