Art in the time of Covid 2020-2022

Art in the time of Covid 2020-2022

For much of these last two years of pandemic, it’s been difficult to arm myself against the ongoing anxiety so many of us have experienced, and the new narrowness of life. Like most artists – like most people – I need to be nourished by current exhibitions and travel to new places, as well as the ordinary rhythm of life; starting the day with coffee and a slice in my local caff suddenly wasn’t an option.

Spending time in the studio became more of an effort than hitherto. Of course, many artists and musicians managed to keep up a prodigious output during this troubled time, but I didn’t feel I was one of them – until I sat down this January to take a good look at what I’d actually produced over these two years. To my surprise, it’s more than I had thought!

May 2020

Gathering it all together here, I can definitely see some common threads not unconnected to my feelings during the pandemic. At the risk of inflicting amateur art therapy on myself, I can discern a longed-for transition to normality, as the eye leaps across a void from one distinct area to another.

I’ve also had time to experiment with Gelli- plate printing. Nothing is more delightful than a sense of play and discovery in the studio, and this medium has given me exactly that gift. I do recommend googling ‘Gelli plate printing’ to see how it’s done and especially watching the wonderfully motivating on-line videos of Carolyn Dube.

Gelli print collage Christmas cards 2020

Shopping on line for new art materials was one of the few joys of lockdown. I found myself making minimalist collages combining adventurous new acrylic gels with unusual papers.

Work has continued throughout on several series which, for me, will probably never come to an end!  Here are some of those pieces:

I get to sleep at night by drawing a particular mantra in my mind’s eye based on the word ‘deep’. I made this after an especially white night!

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    Posted at 17:40h, 26 January Reply

    Thank you for your email which I appreciated. They give me much room for thought and feelings. As an art historian and former probation officer, I look at art in terms of “What does it say about what is going on” in the artist Life. In this regard these spoke to me especially the 19th and the last image.

    • polly
      Posted at 19:04h, 26 January Reply

      Thank you so much for your comment Ann. If you felt a connection with my work, that makes me happy. I’ve just been counting the images to get to the 19th! I think it”s ‘Forest in Spring’. Did I get the right one? As for the last image, Mantra, yes, it really does help me get to sleep – but I do tend to trace the shape with my finger as my mind’s eye is too hectic to draw the right shape without going off at a tangent!

  • Joan
    Posted at 18:20h, 26 January Reply

    Love this Polly. You have done it beautifully – the text and the images.

    • polly
      Posted at 18:57h, 26 January Reply

      Thankyou so much Joan. I still get a big kick out of seeing my work on your walls, you’re very-much-appreciated supporters!

  • Elizabeth callis
    Posted at 19:43h, 26 January Reply

    Darling Polly… Simply superb your paintings are just beautiful and it was so lovely to get this email this evening from you, with love Liz And Michael Callis❤️

    • polly
      Posted at 20:28h, 26 January Reply

      How very nice to hear from you Liz and Mochael – thankyou so much for your kind comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Steven Fogel
    Posted at 20:01h, 26 January Reply

    Hi Polly…I’m joining Joan here is saying how much I like this new work. I’d wondered whether you had been able to be creative during these challenging years. It turns out that you continue to produce art with impressive range and depth. Looking forward to a public showing in due course.

    • polly
      Posted at 20:29h, 26 January Reply

      Thankyou for that Steven, very heartening to receive such kind comments. I am so delighted that you are still enjoying my work in your lovely house.

  • Talia Haase
    Posted at 20:51h, 26 January Reply

    Polly you managed to evoke a lot of emotions in me while I watched your works. Love your works and especially the colors ,the textures and parts that connect to some new whole

    • polly
      Posted at 21:35h, 26 January Reply

      Thankyou for your thoughtful comment dear Talia – and how nice to hear from you. Miraculous, that we live so far apart but we can share stuff. I’m very happy you felt a connection with the work.

  • Elisheva Kissin
    Posted at 00:39h, 27 January Reply

    All so beautiful!

    • polly
      Posted at 16:01h, 27 January Reply

      Thankyou dear Ellesheva, I’m happy to think that my work will be adorning your new home xx

  • Philippa Goldmeier
    Posted at 10:55h, 27 January Reply

    What a gorgeous collection, Polly.
    I love the first one, lots of blue and the last.
    They gave me lots of room for thought and definitely should be displayed to a wider audience.

    • polly
      Posted at 16:00h, 27 January Reply

      Thank you so much Philippa, what a lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Lambi Lentakis
    Posted at 11:37h, 27 January Reply

    Dear Polly, your paintings are so beautiful ….. I love them, especially the gelli plate ones. Such a playful, vibrant technique. Your words take us along with you along your artistic journey – wonderful!
    Much love and please delight us with more of your works soon……
    Lambi xxx

    • polly
      Posted at 15:59h, 27 January Reply

      What a lovely comment dear Lambi – especially coming from a super-creative artist like you. Much appreciated.

  • Vicky Joseph
    Posted at 21:49h, 27 January Reply

    I absolutely love this work Polly, especially the first one . Very cheering!

    • polly
      Posted at 23:23h, 27 January Reply

      Thankyou so much for this Vicky, I really appreciate your continuing support – nice to know that you still have my little Windows picture on the wall!

  • Michelle Chaso
    Posted at 06:28h, 28 January Reply

    Bravo Polly! Love reading your reflective, posts and seeing your fantastic pandemic creations. It’s great to read and see how you continue to experiment and ‘play’ with different techniques and mediums.

    • polly
      Posted at 10:41h, 31 January Reply

      Thankyou so much as always Michelle for your support and your positive comments. I really appreciate it. Sending you and your family warmest good wishes for the year ahead.

  • Elaine Whybro
    Posted at 02:50h, 31 January Reply

    Beautiful paintings Polly I absolutely love them and the fact you didn’t realise how much you had created during the pandemic must say something in itself about what a strange time it’s been!

    • polly
      Posted at 10:39h, 31 January Reply

      Thankyou for your kind comment Elaine, I’m delighted that you felt such a positive response to my work. Very best wishes for a happy and above all healthy 2022.

  • Naomi Yalin
    Posted at 19:12h, 31 January Reply

    Such bright imaginative and cheerful work in a really dismal period, thanks Polly for reminding us of uplifting colour, shape and textures

    • polly
      Posted at 19:15h, 31 January Reply

      Thankyou Naomi, that’s much appreciated. Have a good week and be careful in the snow!

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