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Hannah Rae Powell - Secluded Musings

Editorial 26.05.20

Illustrations + Words Hannah Rae Powell

Melbourne-based illustrator Hannah Rae Powell exudes her feelings on the effects of isolation: self reflection, self love, community, and positive change,  through her words and exclusive works for ALSO Journal:

These illustrations look at the things that were true for me over the last 10 weeks and how I have worked through feelings and the coping strategies that helped alchemise the darker feelings into acceptance, surrender and a deeper processing of myself…

“Deep Dive”

This rare pocket in time of isolation that was free from distraction and social pressure allowed me for the first time in a very long time to just ‘be’. This was completely confronting to begin with but as the weeks went on, as life slowly adjusted and as I acclimatised to this new world, I began the process of peeling back layers and unraveling parts of myself to find what was there when nothing much else was. 

“Moving through this”

“A container for your thoughts”

I’ve dove into things I didn’t want to face and felt I met a part of myself I may not have ever met; had I not been under such bizarre and anxious circumstances. I feel changed from this time and I am hopeful that the change will catapult into something new and good on the other side of this, personally and collectively. It would feel wasteful to return to what we left behind – to what we once thought was normal -without learning from this. 

“Holding your world in your hands”

“Duality”

“I feel changed from this time and I am hopeful that the change will catapult into something new and good on the other side of this, personally and collectively.”

Illustrations + Words Hannah Rae Powell
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