Creativity in the Time of COVID-19: An Expanding Artistic Community
As the world grapples with the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of art as a refuge and a medium for self-expression has become increasingly vital. During this unprecedented period of isolation, my friend and collaborator artist Beatriz Acevedo and I have turned to the ancient and multifaceted medium of clay as a new frontier for our artistic endeavors.
We're thrilled that Colombian artist Opolochdibujos has joined us in this exploration, enriching our experiences through cross-continental conversations about clay, art, and life. This newfound communal creativity has culminated in a collaborative project we've named "Lockdown Curiosities," which we're honored to have included in the upcoming initiative "Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown."
A Wabi-Sabi Journey in Clay: Carmen's Exploration
I've found immense solace in embracing the Japanese aesthetic philosophy of Wabi-Sabi, which celebrates the beauty in imperfection and transience. This perspective has been illuminating, especially as we collectively navigate the uncertainties and complexities of current times. The act of sculpting in clay becomes more than just an artistic endeavor—it evolves into a deeply introspective process, serving as a metaphorical guide through the labyrinth of life's uncertainties.
Collaborative Synergy: The Genesis of "Lockdown Curiosities"
In the early days of our clay exploration, Beatriz and I found ourselves excitedly sharing our discoveries and creations, enriching both of our artistic journeys. This symbiotic relationship birthed the idea of a collective project, which we named "Lockdown Curiosities." Our individual works—Beatriz's focus on the resilience and symbiosis of fungi and my dive into the Wabi-Sabi philosophy—will coalesce in this joint initiative, providing a rich tapestry of personal and communal reflections. "Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown": A Platform for Shared Stories
Our involvement in "Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown" allows us to join a chorus of female voices articulating the unique challenges and triumphs experienced during this pandemic. We see it as an opportunity not only to showcase our art but also to contribute to a broader narrative that empowers and connects women through shared experiences and reflections.
As we continue to navigate the unpredictable currents of the COVID-19 era, clay sculpting and our collaborative initiative, "Lockdown Curiosities," serve as conduits for personal exploration and collective storytelling. We're eagerly looking forward to contributing to the "Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown" project, sharing not only our art but also our experiences and reflections. For those interested in diving deeper into this tapestry of shared narratives, stay tuned for details on how to follow our conversations and contributions within the "Her Inside: Women in the Lockdown" initiative.
Stay creative, stay connected.