Reach Mom

Reach Mom

By Lilian Bonin

Reach Mom

This image is taken from my Covid Series. It is an attempt to express my painful experience of losing my mom to a hospital acquired Covid-19 virus, and the inability to share her death and care for her.

I chose a home movie still of the two of us rather than a photograph, as my mom’s life was abruptly halted due to Covid.  I felt like I was in an old movie as I was also sick with the virus, and all became a blur: confusing phone calls from the hospital; her blurred image on an iPad; and then …. gone from this world. I placed a cracked plexiglass over the movie still and took a photo of my shadow trying to reach her.

The emotional toll of being denied the physical act of comfort is something that I will struggle with for some time.

Lilian Bonin