Artist post- lockdown – An interview with Anita Sewell

Anita Sewell

Many artists nationwide have been affected by lockdown in different ways with some finding it has been creatively restricting. Hartlepool Gallery wanted to touch base with four artists the gallery has had the pleasure of working with to ask if this has been the case for them?

 

Gallery

Hi Anita, can you tell me a little about your work for people reading who may not be aware?

Artist 

My practice is concerned with the history of the area,involving industry and memories. But mostly interactions with people, creating dialogues, about the cultural and job specific knowledge that is in danger of being lost. Sculptural pieces evolve from found materials in those areas, and photography is often a part of it. 

Gallery

In light of the current crisis, how has this impacted the way you work and how you have stayed motivated?

Artist

It has obviously been very difficult as I was not able to go out and interact with people which is the main inspiration for starting work. To be honest I lost all motivation. I didn’t go out at all. 

Gallery

To what extent has your everyday life as an artist changed pre and post lock down?

Artist

Prior to lockdown I was out and about engaging with people, in different places, looking for interesting areas, to investigate and photograph.  Research for me is important following the conversations. Then lockdown came and it was not only a physical lockdown but an emotional one too. 

Gallery

Has your online presence been helpful?

Artist

In August I was given the opportunity to take over the creative Instagram account of North East CVAN for a week, this gave me the opportunity to revisit my images and give a simple account of what I am trying to create. 

Gallery

Has there been any positives from working in new or different ways?

Artist

The COVID situation has had a very negative affect on society and our interactions but perhaps it will itself point me in another direction. It’s about maintaining an open mind and a camera at the ready. 

Gallery

Do you have any future exhibitions planned and anything we should be looking out for?

Artist

I was to have an exhibition in the Art Gallery this year, but it has been postponed till next year and will be concerned with one the cultural places, that is all but lost.

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