Doddridge Busingye b. 1990
Girl on Swing
The artwork Girl on Swing aims to portray the muse in a position of loneliness, yet hopeful. Derived
from my experience of the COVID-19 lockdowns, I found myself contemplating a lot about the idea of a
personal space; how I can learn to find peace of my own. The distance from friends and family opened
my eyes to realize how much I had been relying on someone else to find joy. I still need to keep my
peace of mind, yet I am all alone. I can't socialize like I used to.
In the presence of a companion, the muse would have had someone to help her play on the swing. Yet in
this case, she dresses majestically in her long dress, sits on the swing by herself as her eyes suggest she
is in deep thought.
The composition is almost entirely harmonized with the background in a very cool pallet, to suggest
absorption into the situation. The brighter dress suggests the self motivation to carry-on with life, no
matter how long the lockdowns last.
This piece makes me reflect on how I picked myself up from the shock of the first lockdown and got back
to the studio to continue creating art.