The Walls Stare Back




Jimenez, Lily

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This picture is inspired by my recent trials in a 2-week quarantine. Essentially trapped by the walls of my room with no opportunity of leaving my space, the idea of being confined overrode my thoughts. As I analyzed the area in which I had become so used to over two weeks, I noticed the physical and metaphorical busyness of a room with three doors all placed within mere feet of each other. Despite these doors' presence and the cliché metaphor of doors being a symbol of opportunity, they appeared warped in my mind, slowly encroaching upon my space and tightening my perceived bubble of comfort. The ceiling speaks a similar story; when I stared at it, it felt as if it was looking back at me as it inched closer, further pressing me between itself and the walls. The structure of the room engulfs the viewer with its entrancing, warping lines.


This item was created by a UTSA undergraduate student during the Fall 2020 semester as a part of a collaborative, interdisciplinary project designed to gather, create and preserve the UTSA stories of the present for future study.


lonliness, anxiety, dream, quarantine, undergraduate student works, COVID-19



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