Olivia was born in Hamburg in 2009. She loves working with wood, paper, felt, wool, wax — and anything else she can get her hands on — more than going to school. Her summer weeks she enjoys best spending with the scouts in the forest. In January 2022, she fell ill with ME/CFS after a Covid-19 infection and was bedbound. Today she may hope to be able to wear the scout backpack again soon.
Press report taz: Long Covid bei Kindern
Pencil on paper
Exhibition view Künstlerhaus Factory
Image layout: Black Ferk Studio
“When I was sick it was terrible for me because I couldn’t do anything that I wanted to do. I could only lie in bed and not even hold my head upright. I tried to create little things on the days when I felt better. But it was incredibly annoying that I had to ask my mother for EVERYTHING: please bring me the embroidery thread, please thread the needle for me, please cut the ribbon for me… And my mother was always so worried, that if I exerted myself too hard I would feel worse the next day. That was annoying too. Becoming too exhausted from embroidering, totally ridiculous, but true.
I made the drawings for the exhibition in the hospital, where it was always particularly boring and extremely stressful at the same time. It was difficult to draw because I couldn’t lift my head and thus always had a silly angle to the paper. It was a game: I drew while lying down and Mom had to guess which scene from the last few days I wanted to depict. When she guessed it, she wrote it below. This way we were often able to laugh about moments that actually were pathetic. So I started keeping a drawing diary, which I actually kept doing until I felt much better. Since then, I rarely draw in it. But I always like to look at it and I like to show it, too.”