(N)aptitude – one of my winning images (drawing in Conte pencil)
Just before the nation was locked down in March, I had the feeling that we were about to go through something ‘unprecedented’. We were going to be living through a period in time that was going to be in history books in years to come.
I thought it would be interesting to create a visual diary as a way of recording things that were; featured in the news, in the public consciousness, as well as things that I see and hearing, and how living in a pandemic made me feel.
From the start I wasn’t going to record everything, or create an image every day, that wasn’t realistic, but I did want create a record of my own experiences. I also wanted to use the art material I had at home, rather than placing online orders for new materials and getting them delivered.
Early into Lockdown I came across the #isolationartist competition being run by the Green and Stone in London, on Instagram. The staff at Green and Stone were encouraging anyone to enter images into their daily feed with the hashtag #isolationartist. They then picked a daily winner, who was gifted a £25 voucher to spend on art material.
Over the course of lockdown I was lucky enough to be picked twice as the day’s winner, with my images: (N)aptitude and Home.