After over a year of living through COVID-19, 5 weeks seems like nothing, but for me, the first 5 weeks felt like the worst of it. While my family and I were lucky enough to not have suffered any losses of life, each week that my siblings and I were home from college, a new "loss" was added to the pile. My sister and I lost theatrical performances that we had been working on for months, travel plans like my study abroad program for the fall semester and my sister's 8th grade trip to DC were cancelled, and the one which impacted my family the most was the cancellation of my brother's college graduation.
5 Weeks is an assemblage of all of our losses within the first 5 weeks of COVID-19's impact on my family. Installed in the woods, it creates an implied interior space, but one that can be weathered down by time, showing a physical representation of time's affect on our emotional wellbeing as the isolation continued far past those first 5 weeks. It is a representation of the inaccessibility to these "losses" and being trapped in a room with nothing to distract ourselves from them except for new stations which never turned off, giving us even more reason to fear in a time of uncertainty for the future.