In this series of practical trials, I’ve been responding to the emotional affect of isolation and the shock of changes to normality caused by Covid 19. I limited myself to a lockdown discipline of using organic materials that came readily to hand, and to referencing words or text that became intensely familiar, imprinted on my mind by the news media. This was in part a personal challenge to try out new methods, and by interpreting meaning, metaphor and feeling via the material qualities of random, natural finds, I aimed to process loss and sadness, and to try to make some sense out of crisis.
I have found the method mindful and soothing and it has helped isolation feel almost purposeful: a creative practice in its own right. Outcomes are also taking the form of more abstract, symbolic representations of contagion, vulnerabiity, frailty and the social impact of health and illness.