Submission Title


Artist Statement

"Dissociation," is a reflection of the world's struggle against the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has affected us all in ways we never could have imagined.

Through this painting, I wanted to capture the gradual, yet drastic change in emotions, lifestyles, and perception of reality that we experienced during this time. The crowd of people depicted in the painting represents the collective struggle we faced, all facing towards the unknown and moving towards it. The different facial expressions convey the range of emotions we felt during this time, from fear and worry to resilience and hope.

For me, the pandemic has been a teacher in many ways. It has taught me the importance of resilience, adaptability, and compassion. The pandemic has awakened me to the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment we have.

About the Artist

Chaimae Oualid is a Moroccan-American artist and medical student who is currently based in South Florida. Born and raised in Morocco, Chaimae spent her early years exploring the vibrant culture of her homeland. Her passion for art was evident from a young age, as she would spend hours sketching and painting scenes from her daily life. As she grew older, Chaimae developed a fascination with electronic music, particularly the melodic variety. She found that painting to the rhythm of the music helped her to unwind from the demands of her studies, and provided a creative outlet for her innermost thoughts and emotions. Chaimae's art is heavily influenced by her multicultural background. She draws on both her Moroccan heritage and American lifestyle to create unique pieces that merge identities and social context in contemporary time. Her art highlights differences and similarities in perceptions of various human behaviors by different cultures, showcasing the beauty and complexity of diversity. In her work, Chaimae explores the ways in which people interact with one another, and how these interactions are shaped by culture and tradition. She is greatly inspired by her entourage as well as her personal experiences, which provide her with a deep well of ideas and feelings to draw from. Despite the demands of medical school, Chaimae continues to pursue her passion for art. She sees it as a vital part of her life, allowing her to express herself and connect with others in meaningful ways. Her paintings are a reflection of her unique perspective on the world, and a celebration of the richness of diversity. Chaimae's ultimate goal as an artist is to inspire viewers to appreciate and embrace the differences that make us all unique.