Wired

About the Artwork

As we were standing in line for coffee before our morning shifts started, I asked her how she felt. What was she thinking? How much has this pandemic taken from her? She has been working overtime, shift after shift, only catching a few hours of sleep at the hotel. Was her husband mad? Did her children miss her? Was her father worried about her?

She whispered behind her mask: “I haven’t thought about how I feel. I am scared that if I do..that if I take a minute to process everything and every day…I might just collapse. Wired! I just feel wired, you know.”

We got our coffees courtesy of the hotel and parted ways. Later that night, when my dad asked, I told him “Mom is fine…”

This piece was inspired by the above encounter/conversation with my mother, a nurse, during the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when we both stayed at a hotel so as not to put our loved ones at risk.

Mariana Ndrio, a second-year medical student at the University of Medicine and Health Sciences (UMHS) in St. Kitts and Nevis, currently lives in Chicago.

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3 thoughts on “Wired”

  1. The framing of this body in the room and in the box would seem to detach the subject from the viewer, and yet the viewer feels drawn in. It seems too as though the network of nerves and wires that make the piece so electric would render it sterile, but the oranges and reds of the cavities and muscles warm and humanize it. The spinal cord at bottom would seem to be the core of the image, but then, there is that remarkable neck. And the head. And the ribs. And the friction between the angles and the curves!

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