In a world of bad news, art can be the best medicine
Art is the illumination of the human desire to connect and create, irrespective of the period or genre
It’s not all bad news.
Yes, the situation in Ukraine is dangerous and depressing. In Yemen, it’s dire. There’s a cost-of-living crisis, and the prospect of unrest in countries where millions of people are living – quite literally – on the breadline. Rather than the "Roaring Twenties", the 2020s may see even more economic dislocation and further migration away from conflict zones and countries where global heating hits agriculture hardest.
But then, almost at random, I came across this inspiring tweet from an archaeologist, Alison Fisk, accompanied by a very beautiful photo: “An ancient amber bear. Carved about 10,000 years ago, this magical find washed up on a beach at Fano in Denmark from a submerged Mesolithic settlement under the North Sea. National Museum of Denmark.”
Pic: Wizkid performs at The O2 Arena in December 2021 in London. WireImage