Matthew John Pasquarella

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.

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