During the Covid-19 lockdown in Edinburgh which began in early March 2020 my studio at WASPS in Dalry was closed. As a result I gathered what supplies I could and set up a studio in a small bedroom in our flat, one that had been our childrens’ room. Wanting to experiment working on a larger scale but not having the space I realised that the the solution was staring me in the face. I began using the bedroom window as a surface to experiment on. The videos below are time lapses of the window paintings I have completed during lockdown.
A Tabula Rasa?
As the lockdown progressed and the Covid-19 pandemic pushed us ever more inward, I became increasingly aware and sensitive to the physical limitations of the new normal. Time flattened. I struggled with reconciling myself to the indoors. Yet, within this constraint, the possibility of positive change also began to emerge. Our experience shows it is possible to live with less, to live more simply. With the absence of humans, the natural world has re-awakened and is thriving. New clarity has shown the fault-lines in how we lived before and our relationship to the landscape. I have begun to wonder if this ongoing tragedy could also afford us a ‘blank slate’ to take forward positive change?
My second window painting I can see you from my bubble was an attempt to map the border between inside and outside, the natural world and the interior world of our flat. The video below is a time lapse of the creation of I can see you from my bubble. I have continued to photograph and film the work which was designed to be temporary and will soon be removed.