Can you tell us more about your concrete experience of the lockdown ?
To be honest with you my life hasn’t changed that much. This situation has given me more time to create and focus on what is real and what is truly important. My studio is on the ground floor of my home with large windows facing the backyard. The backyard is a conservation area so I am painting surrounded by the comfort of nature.
Expressing myself as an artist has had a positive impact on my health and wellbeing during this time.
What is your personal state of mind ?
I have always been a positive person. This difficult situation will pass so we all need to be strong, stay safe and realize we’re not alone. Staying close to family is more important than ever. The simple act of taking a walk has become an important part of my day which has given me the time to notice how extraordinary the world is that we live in.
I’m intentionally not letting any negative ideas take control. I’m fortunate I create my own positive energy through art.
Does the lockdown experience have an impact on your art ?
Yes I created a few pieces of my interpretation of the pandemic.
Because it is hard to get art supplies I’ve had to improvise. I have recycled old canvases besides using different medias with found objects. I also used cardboard as my canvas on one piece and created a beautiful painting called silver lining. I am using more color because it signifies a more positive outcome.
Do you practice your art during the lockdown ? if yes, can you tell us about your new pieces ?
This painting called Rebirth is a painting I created about how I see the different stages of the virus.
This painting signifies we are all in this crisis together and we’ll get through it. This piece is the circle of renewal #yournotalone.
- Emmanuel Leprince