Alex McDonald

Artist statement:

Alex McDonald is a film-maker and critic working in London and Calais.

 

Work statement:

Isolation Diary – Alex McDonald – video – 04:59

Isolation Diary was shot over a period of a few weeks in March and April 2020. It all feels rather long ago now.

There is very little anyone can say about that period that others haven’t already said or thought themselves – this video is only my iteration of that time. Perspectives seemed to be collapsing in on themselves, and everything became re-cast by protective layers of glass – the television screen, the
mirror, the window, the camera.

 

Links to websites and Instagram 

Instagram: @a.j.mcd

Henrietta Loades-Carter

Artist statement:

I think I’m just one big expressive juxtaposition… with paint or whatever. I love colour, line,  movement but then also little details other people don’t notice. I love quirkiness and creating my own worlds. Story telling is a new thing since lockdown. I love found objects and photography and mood. Projection. Music is a big influence and so is inspiring others. Isolation has given me a new resilience.

 

Work statement:

Isolation in the UK was such a shock to the system.

Isolation has made me think for good or for bad. It has made me realise who my friends are and how important connection is between creatives.

After the first two weeks of Isolation and worry about my parents I realised the only way I was going to get through this was to paint my feelings. My mediums of choice were pastel and oil for their immediacy and expressionist qualities, but I started small unsure this was going to work. Encouraged by an ig friend I continued to explore these feelings of entrapment, sadness, worry, what the future held, the endlessness of it, and it even started to bring up hidden feelings from my childhood of feeling small and insignificant. With these feelings in mind I found images from family photos, and also photos of myself and my children posed for my paintings. In this way I found I could portray the emotions I felt. Here are two examples but I painted a whole exhibitions worth of work this spring and summer. It’s just getting me though and I think it will have to again…

Out of the chaos comes beauty and connection and kindness.

 

Henrietta Loades-Carter, Sept 2020

 

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Kyun Ngui

Artist statement:

Kyun Ngui is an artist using photography to explore the world around him and as a means of self-expression and communication. He works in both digital and analogue formats. His works include street photography in colour and more recently, analogue black and white to explore the expressive
qualities of film.

 

Work statement:

“Prison time is slow time. You do what you can to keep going.” Red, The Shawshank Redemption.

I felt the same about lockdown time. Time slowed down and it made me notice ordinary household objects that I otherwise would not have, represented by “Still Life in Colour”. And making work with whatever was available was my way of keeping going during a challenging time, typified by “Facing
the Unknown”.

Still Life in Colour: speaks of noticing the small things and being grateful for them. Of how beauty can be found in the mundane. Of perspective and how you can view things in a positive light.

Facing the Unknown: taken during the height of the lockdown, it represents for me how unclear and uncertain things were, and still are, generally and personally.

 

Links to websites and Instagram 

Instagram: @Kyun.pic

RasArt

Artist statement:

 

I am not an artist.

 

Work statement

One holds no desire to influence what you see.  The work created over the spring and summer of 2020, served to filter one’s observations, intentions, and interactions. Learning and unlearning ideas and opinions. Establishing, as luck would have it, a protean perspective in reflective dialogue with the present time.

Links to websites and Instagram 

Instagram: @RasArt.777
Twitter: @RasArt777

Jake Lamerton

Artist statement:

Jake is a painter/printmaker who lives and works in London, having graduated from the Slade School of Art in 2016. His practice focuses on using traditional western visual language as a transportive device. For him, the act of painting is the opportunity to build worlds and travel through time.

 

Work statement:

This body of work was born from the desire to articulate the screaming silence of anxiety, which we find particularly relevant today. These scenes use the setting of home, not as a place of safety but as a cage for the tension that resides within. The reduction of the paintings to monochrome is to assert a quietly bleak atmosphere and to heighten emphasis on the pregnant narratives depicted.

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Max Reeves

Artist statement:

Max Reeves is a self-taught photographer whose work looks at issues of Myth, Marginality and Genius Loci and embraces a range of styles.

 

Work statement:

For this show I am presenting 2 projects in book form being my response to the Pandemic: ‘The Tower’ is a circumnavigation of the Shard Tower in London at the height of the Corona Pandemic imagining it to be the generator of an unseen malnoia and  ‘Diary of a Plague Time – being a Photographic Meditation under Quarantine of ‘Marlowe’s Museum of Interesting Things’ in our Home in Spitalfields, reflecting collecting, legacy and letting go to change.

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Jennifer Lopez

Artist statement:

My art practice is influenced by intuitive art, the natural elements, alchemy and psychology, the uncanny and the remote. Drawing from the surreal and ritualistic roots of my Mexican cultural heritage, I aim to evoke a dreamy mental space of reflection. My work aims to bring together the imperceptible, the material and the ephemeral.

 

Work statement:

During lockdown, I self-isolated in Lyme Regis, a magical place in Dorset where I had never been before and where I never imagined I would be spending nearly five months in the midst of such strange times in the world. To my surprise, I found this place full of wonderful forces of nature and I felt in love with it. I’ve been always drawn to listening to nature and to get to understand their language and their spirit, there were empty streets but nature was so present, nature spoke to me, sometimes loudly sometimes softly, this painting is about the soothing warmth of fire which I have translated into colour, the warmth of home within ourselves or elsewhere, what it means to us, and the strength the propels us to keep going, the flame of life

 

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Sonia Ben Achoura

Artist statement:

French artist and psychologist Sonia Ben Achoura depicts her insights into the human mind onto canvas. Originally from Paris, she travelled extensively before settling in London. Sonia regularly shows her work at exhibitions and art fairs across Europe. She sells her work internationally.

 

Work statement:

Her art lies at the intersection between art and science. Her fascination with human nature at the present stage of evolution –characterised by interaction with technology- manifests in geometric compositions with futuristic overtones. Her distinctive vision unfolds throughout her extensive body of work. Captivated by abstraction, she shapes light and colour as the basis for her compositions. She creates a world of vivid colour, dynamic forms, and geometric perfection. The artist’s concern for our planet, in these times of climate change, is expressed in her paintings. She contemplates future outcomes in her paintings.

 

Links to website and Social Media

www.soniabenachoura.com

www.instagram.com/soniabenachoura

www.facebook.com/ArtistSoniaBenAchoura

Ione Milne

Artist statement:

I create large-scale acrylic paintings exploring the concept of ‘home’. Creating works with slowly built up layers of colour and texture, that are inspired by the individual people and places I encounter. I want to capture the way we use objects, colours, textures and memories to create our own physical, mental and emotional space.

 

Work statement:

With experience in Fine Art and Scenic Art colour and texture play a huge role in my connection to a place. The works I create are abstract still life paintings depicting human relationships and our relationship to ‘home’, through our connection to objects, patterns, colours and textures, the details within our lives, we shape our homes, emotions and create our sense of self. During the lockdown, I was isolated in my little London flat while my partner got stuck with his family in Spain, these nine weeks isolating alone were spent creating work around the objects within my flat and my home, but also from the photos that my friends and family were posting on Instagram while going a bit stir crazy in their homes. As a result, the series of paintings that came from that time are almost dreamscapes of different places and people that I love. ‘A Symphony of Plants’ was made in week eight of lockdown and is an abstract, surreal still life of objects and shapes that depict that moment of stress and also the solace and joy that the homes we have built for ourselves give us even in these crazy times.

 

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Kirsty Taylor

Artist statement:

I am a Cultural Manager who has worked in the performing arts sector for over 30 years. My creative practice has included dance, theatre, spoken word and music. I started experimenting with visual art and photography during quarantine, so this is my maiden voyage into the glorious world of exhibitions!

 

Work statement:

‘Hope Swims Upstream 2020’ highlights an image of light refracting, mirroring my own journey through the Covid-19 prism, a spectral composition of diverse experiences. My personal quarantine journey, across two continents, through time, evolved into an almost dreamlike, transcendent, immersive experience where my ‘sense of self’ floated through the initial greyness of an unchartered path, becoming stronger and more vibrant in a way that symbolised the rainbow of hope used in our Covid-19 era. Light can be invisible and intangible just like the future, and this image speaks in a way that depicts the ‘arts’ with its vital role in society, as a bridge of colourful connectivity, helping make sense of the post pandemic world, conveying how creativity can catalyse new ideas and fresh ways of ‘being’.

 

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