Matthew John Pasquarella
Can you tell us more about your concrete experience of the lockdown ?
I have been basically locked down in my home in Buffalo New York on Lake Erie for several weeks. I have actually lost track of time. Some days I am not even sure what day it is. I work for a health related organization and most of our staff have been sent home to work. We still take care of our patients. I have friends that have died from the virus and friends that are ill. Everyday I fear another call about another artist that has passed.
What is your personal state of mind ?
My present state of mind is very precarious. Boredom is ever present and now that I live alone since my girl friend passed away in 2018, I am constantly haunted by the memories we shared together in our home. I worry about my 95 year old father, who thank god is healthy, and my rather large extended Italian-American family.
Does the lockdown experience have an impact on your art ?
I have not been to work in my studio at all this year but I have been drawing a lot at home. I have been rediscovering the simplicity of simple line drawings and will probably incorporate them into paintings when life returns to normal.
Do you practice your art during the lockdown ? if yes, can you tell us about your new pieces ?
I spend a fair amount of time watching the birds out my window and feeding crows. There is something about crows that I find endearing. They are communal yet solitary birds with boundless curiosity.
- Emmanuel Leprince