We are all Cosmic Distractions by Aasha Sriram

A short, reflective piece of creative writing.

About this project: "My reflections after watching a plane run across the sky after a long time."

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About the artist: "I'm a Master of International Relations student. I'm studying climate change and public policy and am interested in development. I'm also a singer-songwriter and musician - during this lockdown, I'm recording and producing my songs as well as writing new songs. I am working on some reflective short stories and essays too. I'm originally from Chennai, India and am currently residing in Carlton, thinking about my experiences from Madras to Melbourne and everything in between. Find me on Spotify (and other streaming platforms) under Aashaaa and listen to the songs I write in my room."

We asked, our artists answered: why does creativity matter now?  "Looking at any flashpoint in history will reveal that only art kept people going and was a strong source of hope and the future. Where would we be without art? With so much easy access to all forms of art, we've lost track of how essential art is to our lives and how grey our lives would be if we could not access or appreciate art. Art to me legitimises feeling - it's the only way I know how to live and keep living. It is something that is mine alone and cradles me during this solitary period, it gives and takes, adds and subtracts, teaches and evolves. My favourite quote captures the essence of how art enables feeling: But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste! My music and writing are my iso buddies and getting me through these unprecedented times and for that I'm forever grateful."