Since we had to postpone our first art show—The Union—we’ve decided to turn this into an opportunity to digitally showcase all the artists who’d submitted to the show.
ART DURING LOCKDOWN
During the past four months of hyper-limited social activity, I have found myself without any of the free time that I might have expected. While I consider myself fortunate to still have a full-time job which allows me to work from home, our daycare shut down about a week after the lockdown started. Forty hours a week of working for both of us on top of 168 hours a week of nonstop parenting meant that I was getting no laser cutting done.
Then daycare opened back up. We went through a few weeks of “should we/shouldn’t we,” but they are doing an amazing job so we decided that for everyone’s sanity we would send him back during the week.
Then Dave Clark contacted me about collaborating! I immediately said “Yes, please!” and we started talking. It has been an admittedly slow start on my part, but I am finally getting over my computer fatigue (my job is CAD drafter) and remembering how much I enjoy using my brain for something weird.
So here I am cataloguing sticks. I like using visual data to create something that barely resembles its source. I am starting with a bundle of ten very specific sticks hand-picked by Dave for reasons known only to him. I have documented them and am now working on as many different permutations as this computer (and my nerves) can handle. Whatever comes out of this will be forever etched into acrylic and then returned to Dave so that he can work his magic.
I am hoping that this is the jolt I need to re-introduce some form of art-making back into my new routine. Godspeed to all my fellow artists!