Art created during pandemic
As a direct response to the COVID-19 crisis, many artists create their art.
To show how this global disease has inspired art, Art Gallery 5'14 decided to publish a catalogue with artworks created during lockdown.
Here you can find some of the artworks that will be featured in our catalogue.
Untitled - imaginary adventure
Monika Lorincova, United Kingdom
This acrylic painting on paper was completed during the 2020 lockdown. It is inspired by travel, memories and the desire for freedom. The picture depicts abstract interpretation of a seaside pier with a roller coaster as a symbol of spontaneous adventure and entertainment.
Art to reborn/ arte para renace
Zandra Valenzuela, Chile
This piece was created in the early days of the pandemia in Chile.
Marina Emphietzi, Greece
Although I am mostly known for my marine art, I was very inspired by the recent events of coronavirus and created my piece called 'Detached'. 'Detached' depicts an inner experience of self-transformation to become emotionally detached from other humans out of fear of illness and stress; a 'metaphora'* to a very different kind of creature in order to survive. (* Greek) Such metamorphosis makes a good metaphor for the great changes of globalisation, and what this pandemic is bringing about, a world transformation, leading to a whole new perception of existence. There may be a long period of confusion and disorientation on the inside, even if it is not showing on the outside. 'What takes a caterpillar a few weeks can often take a human a few years.' as described by renowned evolution biologist and futurist, Elisabet Sahtouris.
Presagios de esperanza
It is a kind of artistic catharsis, in such difficult times, where hope is the last thing lost. And as an artist I witness this reality, the dove par excellence symbol of this transcendent experience. The gaze turned towards the sky frames this search, often lost on the horizon.
Maikutlo aka a imetswe ( The feeling is overwhelming)
Ras Silas Motse, South Africa
This is one of the pieces I’ve been working on since the lockdown began. I was inspired by an encounter I had when my younger brother and I were leaving a mall a few days before the lockdown began. I had been urging my brother to wear his gloves and mask when we leave the house, and to my dismay, I overhear the parking guard ask an elderly man whether he will be partaking in the wearing of masks and gloves in order to protect against Covid-19. The elderly man responded by saying “angiyintsiwa mina, ngiyindoda yangemphela (“I am not a small boy, I am a real man”), I won’t get this virus of yours”. This response took me by surprise so I pulled down my mask and said “this virus does not pick people according to age, gender or race, whatsoever”. He then became defensively aggressive and started walking towards me and that’s when I decided to get in my car and drive off. The whole encounter totally dismantled the progress I was making with encouraging my brother to protect himself because now he had the response of this elderly man to excuse himself from wearing a mask and gloves. The elderly man’s response was a clear example of toxic masculinity, as he was claiming immunity to this disease simply because he is ‘a man’. Funny enough, the recent works I had been working on were closely linked to the issues our country had been facing on gender based violence and toxic masculinity. So I decided to make use of the reference of an elderly woman’s profile. It spoke to me because her stillness and gaze expressed so many heavy emotions that one may find difficult to express verbally. For me, these emotions represent all the emotions we as a country are experiencing. So much uncertainty, grief, exhaustion, loneliness, boredom, etc. I added the bilboes (shackles) hanging from her neck to represent the heaviness of her emotions weighing her down. The vibrant colours represent the light at the end of these uncertain times. The end of Covid-19 that we can all be sure of and all look forward to, as long as we stay indoors to prevent the spread.
Osley Gil López, Cuba
La obra de arte en sí es un producto resiliente a través del cual el autor se vale del trauma que ha creado la situación social actual para crear arte. Constituye una forma de enfrentar el conflicto en sí. Es ya el arte entendido como una forma de superación, razón propia de su concepción. En este caso la imagen nos deja ver al ser humano en medio de la crisis sanitaria per se, elementos que se han vuelto tan cotidianos como la propia mascarilla (uno de los que la delata), sin embargo no estamos en presencia de una imagen decadente. El uso de elementos funcionales connotativos que denotan esperanza, tranquilidad, supervivencia, en este caso el símbolo de la mariposa que recrean la unión hombre-naturaleza en un entramado perfecto de armonía a pesar de la situación desesperada. Es precisamente el develamiento de la belleza en esta obra de arte lo que transmite la capacidad de superación y fortaleza del ser humano. Resulta difícil encontrar esa tristeza humana impregnada por la crisis en esta obra de arte que refleja armonía y serenidad ante lo adverso.