Hi Anita, can you tell me a little about your work for people reading who may not be aware?
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.
In light of the current crisis, how has this impacted the way you work and how you have stayed motivated?
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.
To what extent has your everyday life as an artist changed pre and post lock down?
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.
Has your online presence been helpful?
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.
Has there been any positives from working in new or different ways?
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.
Do you have any future exhibitions planned and anything we should be looking out for?
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.