Can you tell us more about your concrete experience of the lockdown ?
I do not know anyone who has contracted the Corona virus. I live on the island of St Barthélemy which is relatively untouched by the epidemic. There are only a few cases here. We still have to respect the lockdown and limit our movements. I spend my days in my workshop creating sculptures and I go straight home in the evening.
What is your personal state of mind ?
I am happy to be able to go to my workshop to continue my creations. I consider myself lucky compared to the people who no longer work and who spend the confinement locked up at home. However, the lack of social interaction at night is painful. See friends, go out in town, tell your day face to face and not on the phone. Since the start of lockdown, it has been a real boring routine, work during the day and house at night.
I also feel worried about the future. The art market is currently on hiatus, art galleries are closed and internet sales are not working, people don't mind. Like everyone else, I expect and hope to return to normal as soon as possible.
Does the lockdown experience have an impact on your art ?
I am constantly looking for something new in my creations. Containment does not really have an impact on my sculptures. However I have just received a 3d scanner and a 3d printer and these new tools offer new perspectives to my art.
Do you practice your art during the lockdown ? if yes, can you tell us about your new pieces ?
I am currently making a statue of a man. It is made of stainless steel nuts. They form like metal lace, they draw the silhouette of the man without going into details. Therefore the sculpture is almost transparent, the viewer can see what is behind it. The statue blends into the background.
- Emmanuel Leprince