Transforming Pandemic Grief Into Art

Ansel Oommen, an artist and medical lab worker, has turned biohazard labels into an outlet for pandemic grief and trauma.

Mr. Oommen, 29, is a survivor of childhood trauma and lived with a seriously ill parent for 19 years. For him, creativity has been a critical component of healing.

Since April, he has been deconstructing bright biohazard labels with scissors, then reconstructing them with surgical precision on the floor of his Manhattan apartment.

While walking home from the lab one eerily quiet morning, he recalled a book he had read while earning his toxicology degree: Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” about the dangers of pesticides.

Via NYTimes

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