Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have found themselves without work, teaching, technical support and gallery work. Exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some of this stress Artist Matthew Burrows instigated the ARTIST SUPPORT PLEDGE #artistsupportpledge in March 2020
The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work, on Instagram and other social media sites, which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist/s work.
I had been looking forward to exhibiting in a number of exhibitions during the year, which have now been cancelled or postponed, and had work in three galleries, which have also closed, though my work is still there!
So I decided to join the Artist Support Pledge, to see what I already had available that I could offer for sale, and to take on the challenge of creating new, smaller, affordable work. This has been a fantastic motivator at a time when it would be easy to say ‘what’s the point?’ and give up.
If you are interested in seeing what work I have available through the Artist Support Pledge please go to the gallery page where I have set up a special gallery for this work.
Some are works on paper I already had, but mounted to sell them, and others have been created this year since we have been in lockdown – specifically the Hiatus Series. I painted these in the first few weeks of lockdown, when I was feeling very happy, enjoying the warm weather, and the onset of spring, and really enjoying my new studio at home. This series of paintings reflect, I think, my state of mind at that time, which was in this rosy hiatus of happiness, but none the less with a sense of disquiet. As the lockdown and the whole situation goes on we are all experiencing a range of changing emotional states, so inevitably that state of mind didn’t last, as I have experienced the roller coaster of emotions that will be familiar to us all, but it has come back from time to time.
I am ever grateful for the opportunity to lose myself in exploring my creativity, and I hope to add more to this gallery over the coming months, until this situation changes and we are able to exhibit again in the usual way!
Meanwhile stay safe and stay well.