The Union: #9 Jacqueline Valenzuela

Jacqueline Valenzuela

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. We’ve asked the artists to write about their experiences during this extraordinatry time—how they’re feeling and coping, or what kind of work has the self-quarantine and social distancing inspired?

Jacqueline Valenzuela

During the last few weeks my art practice has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the current situation I have had to switch to being a full-time commission artist since my day job has closed. Thankfully I have been able to keep myself afloat through portrait commission work. Unfortunately, this means that my personal work has not been getting the amount of attention it used to get.

Los Tres Hermanos
“Los Tres Hermanos”

Nowadays, a regular studio day for me consists of painting commission work, trying to manage the business side of commissions, and figuring out what next steps are for shows that have been postponed, cancelled and so on. I’ve also begun to create outside of my usual mediums. One of the great things that has happened is I am trying things I have always wanted to do, but never made time for before now. This includes mostly exploring textile and fiber making.

Yet, I would still say my main art practice is currently at a stand-still. With everything up in the air it has become hard to create even if I am mostly creating commission work and exploring different mediums.  I think this current situation is a weird place for most artists to traverse because we are seeing how fragile the art world really is. How easily outside forces can have an impact on your studio practice. It’s been difficult but I think we are all holding on.


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