By Faye Wetherall
I have spent countless days during lockdown wondering whether paints and canvases are going to arrive on time, worrying about running out of wood to work on and struggling to visualise the development of my work in a non-studio environment. The thing I have missed most is conversation in the studio, chatting to others whilst working and seeing their work develop alongside my own.
I never thought I would be finishing my degree in what used to be my playroom when I was younger, covered in sheets and filled with boxes of paints and odd tables from the loft… I really miss the studio.
If like me, you have been studying for an art based or design degree during lockdown, you will understand some of these challenges. But one thing I have learnt is how quickly we can adapt. Moving from a large studio to a small space at home, my work has transformed and evolved to suit and even challenged me to consider new ways of working and placing my work. The lack of wall space to hang my work encouraged me to place and photograph my work outside, something I perhaps wouldn’t have considered or had opportunity to do so if circumstances were different.
I am lucky that I have had at least somewhere to work, to continue my practice, so that when I look back on this time, despite the world stopping in some way my work did not. It has encouraged me to improve my online presence, to share my work and spark conversation through social media and to follow a range of artists, art groups and collectives (which I highly recommend.) When I lacked motivation in working on my own, listening to artist podcasts and interviews was extremely helpful and having had to submit a digital portfolio rather than handing in the physical work itself, I now have the resources to easily apply for online exhibitions and opportunities.
I know that it is not just myself that has continued to work during this time. Artists all around the world have remained fruitful during this pandemic; art and creativity itself has been promoted as a way to remain calm and help us during this time. I can only hope that this level of attention towards the arts remains and that future funding exists.
If you would like to see more of my work, go to my Instagram page @faye.wetherall.art
Let’s spread the creativity and keep the arts alive!