Experimentation and exploration are important aspects to my creative practice.
Lock down portrait project
On the 25th March 2020 New Zealand went into what we call Alert Level 4. The writing was on the walls as we watched Covid-19 spread across the world and the cases increasing in New Zealand. We had already closed our borders then the Government decided that the only way to contain this virus and to protect our people was to go into lock down. Thank goodness we did as we were able to stem the spread of the virus.
It had been very uncertain times, and I found the anxiety and uncertainty unsettling. So at the beginning of the lock down period I decided to do a portrait project, where each day for 30 days I would do a portrait drawing in brush pen. This gave a creative outlet that didn’t require that conceptual part of my brain to be at the ready, but which gave me a regular technical challenge. So I announced the project on Instagram and Facebook and invited anyone who was interested to send me a photo of themselves or a loved one that I could draw from. And each day I did a portrait & posted the results on social media. Sometimes I did a time-lapse of these drawings.
As time went by I could start to feel a shift in my response to my project. What started as a way to give my brain a break from the awful news of Covid-19, an escape from anxiety, morphed into a way to give something to others during a trying time.
This work titled ‘Connecting During Lockdown’ is on show at Expressions Whirinaki, Upper Hutt until the end of June 2020.
Self portrait of an artist’s expressions
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