Artists Speak – Dealing with Isolation

Some artists are using this social distancing time to replenish their stock, catch up on commissions or simply keep working as usual. For others it’s created a disturbance in the creative process, particularly a kink in their medium of choice. These three artists have stepped away from sculpture, at least temporarily while they regroup and re-energize their creative spirits.

IMG_1710Glass Artist – Miriam Silburt

“Although uninspired to do glass these days I just finished this three foot by two foot punch needle rug for the cottage. It is a technique called punch needle Hooking which uses a ball of wool rather than small pieces of material that traditional rug hookers use.”

Clay Artist – Sandra Marshall

“I have been doing a new sketch every day in pastels – a virtual African safari, along with a daily letter to my mother who is isolated in a retirement home here in Ottawa. I have attached several examples of the sketches. (I was intending to go on a trip to South Africa before the shut down.)  I have also been visiting the Arboretum on the run and watching the seasonal changes.”

Polymer Artist – Maria Saracino

5A31B999-CBAC-4E7C-9E63-D36D6EF26568“With the galleries being closed I’m not particularly motivated to create new works. I’m trying to work on some online workshops and tutorials but needed a little boost. In my trade show days as a graphic designer, 25+ years ago, I used to do stage design and some contract work with an interior decorator. I would do colour coordinated oversized paintings for large walls –  very loose abstracts or florals. We recently moved so I decided to do a colour schemed texturized acrylic painting for my new bedroom to coordinate with my bedspread. It works . . . and the creative juices are starting to stir again.”

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Figurative Artist
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