Dypsis lutescens, also known as areca palm, golden cane palm, yellow palm, or butterfly palm, is a species of lowering plant in the family Arecaceae, native to Madagascar and naturalized in the Andaman Islands, Réunion, El Salvador, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Canary Islands, southern Florida, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands and the Leeward Antilles. The plant´s attributes have been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society´s Award of Garden Merit, which for a plant grown more commonly indoors than outdoors, is a pretty rare feat. Well done! Bold, attractive, easy to care for, desirable and positive for our health, the palm really gets those tropical vibes going indoors. Just as flexible and resilient this plant is, our adaptive capacities as human beings are put to the test in present unusual times. Let’s support each other, share thoughts and strategies to make the most of the time spent indoors.


We reached out to our community and compiled some raw Q&As for you.


Enjoy the read and stay safe!

How does the current pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation in our society?

In relation to the current situation in the face of this global pandemic, I believe that despite the tragedy in which we find ourselves, there are aspects that can be rescued. Regarding the question, lately I have reflected a lot on the valuation of the other, the importance of society itself and the solidarity that is taking place in many countries. Given the impossibility of relating in a group, a revaluation appears, and perhaps this generates more empathy. We are all concerned about our loved ones, and that is why perhaps it is easier for us to think of others, fearing that our family or friends or ourselves become ill, we can put ourselves in the place of the other. Because at this moment we are all in the same position, and if we do not act as a group, there is no possible solution.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

The pandemic has negatively influenced not only my life and work but also many of my friends, specially the independents and the artist. In my particular case, all my future projects were canceled or postponed. On the other hand, my production slows down due to the difficulties of working at home. So production possibilities become more complex due to lack of resources.  

What are your personal strategies to cope with the current Coronavirus as an artist?

I try to organize my time, and that of my children. Like many artists, I cannot go to my studio regularly, but anyway I decided to keep doing and developing my work and projects from home with the required adjustments and without much expectations. However, given the extension of the city of Berlin, I can cycle from time to time to work punctually on things I cannot solve at home.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

I just hope that the perception of equality gets stronger. Everyone should have enough to have a decent life. We have the money to do so, but we are still stuck in this primitive state of greed and anger.

Maybe this situation creates a new spark and we see the growth of new niches of people who understand that all human beings must be taken care of, by each other and by their governments. We have a responsibility towards each other, socially, economically and politically. It's time we recognize that and act upon.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

I don't know and I don't think nobody knows. I am inclined to sell works online now, something that I never expected doing.

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

I think it's important to cope with covid as a person, nothing else. We need to feel part of everyone's situation and I believe seeing myself as an artist in this case does not help me to reflect upon the matter in an appropriate way, it separates me into a small group.

I am not judging anyone, I'm just saying that this is what makes sense for me.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

 

I live in a shared living space with three other persons and it definitely feels a little bit cramped. However, I count myself incredibly lucky to have a safe space - so many are not afforded this luxury and have to be quarantined in spaces of domestic abuse / danger.

 

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

Create whatever I want to, without any imposed restrictions based on clients' requirements. It's been a great challenge in practicing innovation and re-discovering what it is I really want to say. Studying and learning as much as I can about a whole variety of topics - Psychology, Artificial Intelligence, History - has been a saver in these times, time is always so slipping and finally, the learning process is not rushed and can seep in.

 

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

It's a sentiment I've felt for the past year, and this current situation has obviously intensified it, that art is not a feasible career path for the majority. I've always been more reliant on other income, non art related, and am feeling the draw towards entering a path with more stability, I've already started studying my other chosen field (in the tech sphere). However, on the personal projects side of things I've never felt more inspired to create just for myself, which is a very cathartic experience. I feel more in tune to do projects for the love of it, and not for clout or commercial gain.

How does the current pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation in our society?

Certainly the pandemic affected us in a way never experienced before, during this lockdown i had time to reorganize my priorities and developed more self-awareness.

The time seemed to be stopped and i believe it gave us the chance to think about how hectic our life was, and how everything was planned down to the last detail. 

All of a sudden we all have to deal with this uncertain future, but maybe the world has always been as uncertain as it is now, what has changed is the increased information flow, i wonder what this pandemic would have been like if  we’d never had internet or social media, this is the huge difference between then and now, humans are really good to adapt to changing and society si already adapting to cohabit with the virus. 

 

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

Having a plenty of time to experiment and learn it’s more unique than rare case, i would say it's a perfect condition for an artist under this aspect but in the other hand you have to face with the loss of money or even the absence of incomes, this explains a lot about the art world. Also i supposed to take part of a  couple of collective exhibitions and a performance i’ve collaborated with, everything  is postponed to next year, this makes me really sad.

 

What are your personal strategies to cope with the current Coronavirus as an artist?

Is something i wanted to do since a long time, i'm making some merchandising like printed blankets and prints to sell since there won’t be so many events for a while. 

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

 

One thing I've noticed is how heavily we rely on relationships to serve different facets of our personality. Interacting with a variety of people helps us build our sense of self, and in this environment, it's easy to start questioning who even am I? Your world becomes so limited when it's just yourself and your housemates/ partner/ family/ pets.

 

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

No events or market for clothing?

I’ve had to put a few projects on hold, but I'm now focussing on client work. People are still releasing music and need personal branding (this is the bulk of my work), so I'm staying busy.

 

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

I'm taking care of my mental health, doing work and all that, but also taking it easy. Everyone feels that capitalist productivity pressure, we seem to think we need to have a thesis or something to show at the end of quarantine. We are literally living in a dystopian sci-fi film right now, so just kick back and be kind to yourself and others.

 

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

 

I think the pandemic shown us prevailed strong themes of our society, shown us the interconnectedness of life. That we're all in the same boat, whether we're of different social class, race and ethnicity. 

 

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

It's definitely tricky, I don't have a lot of freelance work until June 1st pretty much. But as creatives, we'll try and create opportunities to tackle that.

 

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

I must say as an artist its refreshing to be given the opportunity to take a step back, breathe and just create time and space for something new to grow. My strategy now is just to be mindful about the next phase of our lives, I want to learn new things; do some writing, make music, learn and share with people.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

I am a bit social phobic in general, so I like to stay home most of the time but I even know how important it is for your health. So hopefully we take something out of this situation that makes people understand that we all need to play the same game and much more important we have to play together. As long as people stockpile toilet paper facing a global catastrophe I see only darkness for humanity.

 

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

Most time of working is tattooing for me and that's gone for an unknown amount of time, that hurts financially and it‘s also not good for the mind. It‘s what I like to do and now I can‘t do it. I try to stay over water with some commissioned artworks and/or help from the government.

 

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

I am really bad at strategies... So the first week I mostly stayed home, had some weed and killed some beasts in god of war. In the evening I started drawing through the night and in the morning woke up without an alarm. Working from home could be worse. I now have made a time schedule, so that I am not wasting too much time. Also I make sure to get enough fresh air and sunlight even if it‘s just on the balcony or a short walk around the block. I think vitamin D is the way to stay sane.

 

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

I'm not going to beat around the bush with this question, everyone is confined and horny. I'm not going to point fingers, but Imma put the blame solely on Italy. For if it weren't for them, the world would be deprived of Premium porn. Honesty, it's entertaining. I'm single and have a lot of connections over the world, porn and jerking off has defiantly been topic of conversation with majority of people. 

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

As it stands, I am yet to feel the full effect of COVID-19. I'm a workaholic so I have numerous side hustles. But in saying that, both side hustle jobs will be shutting their doors over the next week or so. However, the prospect of boarders being shut for up to six months is daunting. I rely so heavily on visual stimulation, so the prospect of being denied travel is saddening. Also, depression does not help my work flow/creative mind. One thing that helps is music. Block out the rest of the world and it's constant chatter with headphones. 

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

I'm an introvert, so naturally I'm coping better than most. Most artists thrive on isolation TBH. If you can't work through these situations then maybe you should reconsider your life ambitions. If you have art supplies at home, use them. If you don't , use your bedroom wall as a blank canvas.  I don't really feel comfortable answering the last two questions wholeheartedly. I'm currently living and working in Melbourne. Melbourne is not China , nor Italy. The fatality rate here right now is very low. The government continues to preach ' Social distancing' , which does not have the same meaning/effect as ' Self Isolation ' and or ' Quarantine ' . So, as it stands, I myself have not yet felt the full effect of COVID-19. The mentality of the general public, and the confusion that surrounds us is becoming more and more draining. If the government doesn't implement drastic measures now, Australia will yet again ( still recovering from last summers devastating bushfires ) be at risk, all due to the way be treat our earth.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

In different ways, this situation shows us which parts of our society we should work on and straighten. Im also quite impressed about how we as a society can stick together and make things happen, sometimes you can feel lost in this fast life - but these situations display that everyone is important for our community.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

The studio I work in is also connected to my apartment, so I can stay here and be creative. Materials are definitely a problem for me right now - but I’m trying to rework or recycle the material I have here. It‘s challenging but I’m interested to see how this works out. I already noticed that I create much slower and give my work way more time to breathe / develop. My art is influenced by nature and ambience and I’m also a very out going person who gets inspiration from experience and surroundings. The upcoming weeks at home will confront me with this, but I guess this kind of situation opens a lot of new ways for making art and enjoying it.

 

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

Definitely a small daily routine to be more structured while staying in the studio, but I go with the flow and see every day as a new opportunity. Staying in contact with your artistic friends and small creative sessions via facetime can help a lot to keep a positive mindset. I want to use this time to try or learn things I never had time for and open my head for new topics. Personally I want to take the most positive out of this situation and get more empowered / straightened by this. The key is to give yourself permission to rest to let new creative energy grow.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

This pandemic has shown that connections on our planet are much closer than we think. I hope that being in the same situation everyone realizes how much diversification hurts this planet and that hatred does nothing. In this situation I feel lucky because I have a house, I have a garden, I think of those who live tight in an apartment and who does not even have a house! I think this situation has underlined even more the diversifications of the social classes, and the extra comforts that the most facilitated have. I hope that this pause for society will make us understand that there are many more important social and environmental situations to which we are not giving value and on which we should.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

Certainly in a positive way because it gave me time to produce a lot. I am totally concentrated in my world and I feel good about it. I am sincere.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

During the crisis, one can observe that many people display a certain herd instinct. I hope that people will come out of the crisis stronger and more reflective. To question and change their consumer behaviour, especially with regard to the meat theme. The latest developments show that this will not be the case, but I hope that at least some of them will be able to take responsibility concerning the basic idea.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

During the crisis, one can observe that a great many people display a certain herd instinct. I hope that people will come out of the crisis stronger and more reflective. To question and change their consumer behaviour, especially with regard to the meat theme. The latest developments show that this will not be the case, but I hope that at least some of them will be able to take responsibility for the basic idea.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

It is a very difficult situation for people who depend on club performances. But that shows just how important it is to educate yourself from a certain point of success and to develop other pillars. Otherwise the "bear will eat you up". Personally, I have more time to do things that have fallen through. This allows the creativity to flow, which I can put into practice in the studio, thanks to the new time I have created.

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

Always staying in motion, at least mentally. It's a good balance to work, to do sports and music and to build new boothes. This weekend, for example, I'm going to build a new prototype, a new product of the Lanthan.design series.

How does the current situation influence your thoughts and situation as an artist?

 

First, stay at home! Maybe also stay focus and motivated because we can get really lazy at home. So, yes if I have to give an advise it will be stay positive, don't be scared or sad, take the time you need and enjoy being at home. The pandemic has been overwhelming for sure. I personally had a rough start to the year and spent most of it at home. I broke my arm in January and couldn’t do much. Then just when I had my cast removed and plans to start my life again - BAM quarantine. So staying at home isn’t something very difficult, as I got used to it. It almost feels nice that all people around the world get to do what I do everyday haha. Artistically it’s not such a bad thing aswell. I always had a routine of drawing something everyday, so I am still doing that. There are a lot of things going on on the internet now so it’s almost like if you would be sad that you can’t make it to an exhibition or an event, you don’t have to be worried anymore because people do it online. There are loads of contests, design this, design that. So I don’t think that anything has changed for freelancers. We work from home, we create at home. The one downside is maybe that at some point you kind of lose the inspiration because to get inspired you need to do things, meet people, go places. But it’s an interesting experience and we could also get inspired from it. I think the most helpful thing during this time is excercising, I do it every day and I think that is the only thing keeping me sane. In the end, I would just want to remind you and everybody to think critically, check the facts, the stats and don’t get stuck in this panic bubble.

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How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

If you had the opportunity to live alone you would’ve done it already. But now it’s actually showing me that I like to be around people, we just need to have more of these social distancing weeks throughout the year so we really appreciate all the luxuries we’ve got. Hopefully without illnesses or similiar.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

Most of my gigs are cancelled but I am happy to see that there are initiatives that are inspiring and helping artist to share their work. Overall I think it’s a big wake up call that forces to think long term and have some reserves for unpredictable times like these. I’ve always been good with unexpected changes because I trust myself, but financial stability and working more goal-orientated is real.

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

Definitely a small daily routine to be more structured while staying in the studio, but I go with the flow and see every day as a new opportunity. Staying in contact with your artistic friends and small creative sessions via facetime can help a lot to keep a positive mindset. I want to use this time to try or learn things I never had time for and open my head for new topics. Personally I want to take the most positive out of this situation and get more empowered / straightened by this. The key is to give yourself permission to rest to let new creative energy grow.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

Well it didn't really effected it but made it more relaxed I have to say.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

It didn't effect me in a bad way, so it only means it's pushing me to the better, even if the "product" itself is not the best creation, its still better to create something then not to create anything.

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

It's really important to sit down in front of a blank white sheet/paper and this is also the most scary thing to do I think. But only if you confront this fucking white sheet you are able to create. And then everything you gathered through this time - physically and mentally - will come on top of this paper... Most likely it will be a really piece of shit art wise, but! It will start something in your mind to create something real.

How did the pandemic influence your thoughts about cohabitation?

Pretty bad, I'm alone at my home but I'm someone who needs to separate home and work spaces, so I like being at home but on the other side I hate it because i can't work as I want.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

For being employed somewherer the pandemic is not a good thing but to create and try out new thing its pretty cool, because it gives me time to do new things and to take my time for new personal projects.

How does the pandemic influence your current situation as an artist?

Well, I’m stuck at home and all my belongings are in my studio where I can’t go right now cause its in my uni and its locked down. I think its really challenging for me right now. Trying to focus on my ideas and being inspired. But mentally I feel very frustrated and hurt from whats going on.

What are your personal strategies as an artist to cope with the current situation?

I’m trying to use the privilege to stay at home and spend the time for the things I always wanted to read, watch or explore and never had enough time for - searching for inspirations.