Mark Menjivar, artist and educator
This has definitely been a year of unknowns and shifts. For me the pandemic cancelled nine exhibitions, talks or residencies that had been planned for 2020. There was disappointment at first that was short-lived as the immensity of the pandemic came into focus. As my family and I began to find new normals, I realized that I had an opportunity to be intentional about what I was going to commit myself to. I have found myself considering each yes more carefully. The pandemic has made me more fully realize that for every yes, there is a no. And for every no, there is a yes.
I’m lucky because my practice is often participatory and that has allowed me to create meaningful interactions in the virtual environment. I have been surprised by the level of connection I’ve been able to have over a screen.