How are you doing now?
I'm OK. Staying at home and not seeing my friends has become the new normal. I'm intrigued by what is happening and how we are all adapting and being able to change. I think potentially lock down has the power to be an immensely creative and powerful time for people. Almost all of the shows and events that I was taking part in around the UK and abroad have been postponed. This has created time to think about ideas for future work , and the restrictions on freedoms and liberties have made me think about ideas which involve escape.
Whats lockdown like for you?
Busy. How is it that even through we don't need to go anywhere we fill up our time with commitments? I have my two young children at home with me so there is never a quiet moment. Luckily I live right opposite a beach which isn't very busy so I can take my one hour of exercise walking along the beach and paddling in the water at low tide. I'm really missing my friends. I love talking and socializing (as well as deeply loving solitude!) and I miss that. Its also quiet and although there are loads of things I miss it's also a very special time because my husband is home. Normally he is at work a lot so we are all able to eat together and steal quick moments of time in the garden when he wouldn't be here.
Are you able to work/ where is your studio normally? What's your current set up.
I'm not able to work in my normal way. Because my kids are young I am very self disciplined and work during the day when they are at school. I remember one of my tutors at art school, saying to me that painting was the slowest art. It is. It takes me days and weeks to finish paintings and for me they also happen in bursts of continuous flowing energy. When I'm normally working on a group of paintings I find it very difficult to focus on any other tasks. Small snippets here and there make it very hard to flow. I'm adapting by moving my desk down star sand putting energy into planing a new group of paintings, so I am ready to start quickly when lock down is over.
When I studied in Paris, I had a tiny studio flat in Montmartre. I had to roll my bed out every night and then fold it up in the morning and put it away. It led to me making really tiny paintings. The outside circumstances that forced me to make my practise in a different way were good. In this way I am also forced to think in a different way now.
What projects are you working on now?
I have a letter written from William Hearst to Julia Morgan Californian architect when they were designing Hearst Castle. I snapped a shot of the letter which is filed with wild uninhibited imaginings of a fantasy palace that Hearst wanted to build. I plan to use the letter to inspire a group of paintings designed around this idea.
I also have another project which involves researching and analysing art deco building throughout Sussex.
Is lock down / coronavirus having an influence on your work?
Yes I imagine it will. I think it is making my desire to escape, fantasies and be even more imaginative in my work even stronger!
Which artists/ instagram accounts are you most addicted to now?
Any account which put incredible shopping opportunities in front of my nose! Actually I follow a lot of mum accounts. Especially funny ones. My favourite one is @threeinarow who is a local mum and she uses music really well in her stories, which are (a bit rude) sometimes self deprecating, but also funny. I also love @theonlygirlinthehouse
What are you listening to/ reading/ watching when you can?
I always have the radio on in my house in the kitchen where I spend a lot of time. I'm really into running at the monent so I put my tunes on to head outside. Anything really loud, all the divas, high energy I love. In the studio when working it's another story. The radio, but not too absorbing, although sometimes when I really need to concentrate I just play alpha waves.
I also have a mountain of books beside my bed that I will dip in and out of. 'My wild and sleepless nights, a mother's story' by Clover Stroud is a book about motherhood i was given by a friend I have been enjoying. I also have 'Pachinko' by Min Jin Lee waiting for me, I also have various interiors magazines, books about interiors and gardens are my absolute favourite.