Seclude in the Nude - Anaya
12 by 18" Photographic Print on Fine Art Matt Paper
“I heard about this project from a friend and really wanted to
get involved. I’m a professional performance artist based in Brooklyn and my
main passion is Mime and movement.
Quarantine has been especially hard for me because my passion relies so
much on interpersonal communication through nonverbal language. I constantly
engage my audience and demand engagement from them.
I am following the lockdown guidelines and taking this very seriously. But I have to admit, it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions over the past 7 weeks being stuck inside. I spiral in and out of depression due to the lack of human interaction and the ever-looming uncertainty of my next source of income. Being a performance artist, I’m used to having multiple jobs because losing a gig is part of the entertainment culture. I was always confident that if I ever had no work I could always fall back on my best skill and passion- mime. It’s easy to make rent on the streets of NYC as a mime (it’s just long days and hard physical work) but I never imagined I wouldn’t be allowed in the streets to perform.
I feel like a failure even though I’ve spent ten years using this skill to make people happy and entertained. I’m taking it one day at a time, but the reality is, I’m actually stuck in my apartment box in NYC and I can no longer afford to pay for the box that I’m being told to stay in until it’s safe. Ironic; I used to really love the imaginary box but it just feels different when it’s tangible and real in quarantine.” - @themisfitmime for 'Seclude in the nude'