At the end of last year, I wrote a post featuring some of the work I had produced during 2019.
I was trying to map my mental health and how that might correlate with the type of art I was producing. (You can see it here – Adieu 2019.)
I was hoping to follow that on this year to see if the art I am producing now is any different due to my much improved mental health.
To be honest, it’s a bit difficult to tell just from this post alone as it only represents a fraction of a whole series of artworks I have produced since the beginning of the year, primarily during lockdown. (See also previous post, ‘Reflections on Lockdown’ here.)
I am planning three further ‘Reflections on Lockdown’ posts, which will then give a clearer picture as to the correlation between art and my mental health.
I guess the reason for all this preamble is that if we just looked at this post in isolation, you would be forgiven for thinking that my mental health has not improved at all! As a lot of this work has its roots in a style I developed over the past couple of years when I wasn’t very well mentally.
I have stuck with it, and developed it, not because I am unhappy, but because I like it! I find it very expressive.
Like I say, we can have a look at the bigger picture once I’ve posted everything I’ve been working on this year.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this instalment of ‘Reflections of Lockdown’.
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