How did you find working on your art through a lockdown and parenting?
Being away from the workshop is obviously a big physical hurdle to producing work and so experimenting in other mediums and finding inspiration in other aspects of life was so important in keeping creatively stimulated.
I often dragged my little boy away from a screen to join me on adventures in the garden or the kitchen. We painted and played with clay and pressed flowers and whatever else we could think of to keep our hands busy. These became important exercises in keeping our minds busy and away from missing family and friends and the anxiety of a pandemic.
A lot of artists found lockdown to be a catalyst for success and high productivity and others found it more draining? What was your experience like?
I am a solo parent and as such, finding snippets of time alone became so valuable that I didn't want to be be productive in those brief magical moments, just to sit alone became a luxury that I had rarely allowed myself before. And now on the other side, the lessons learned as a parent and as a creative are starting to shine through. We have continued to take the time to walk together and marvel in the little things, we have put more emphasis on learning from life, I have started to prioritise myself as a woman and as an artist more. Overall I feel that it was a growth period, a time of rest and reflection.