In our current isolation artists face the dual challenges of distance from their usual colleagues and lack of external stimulation that often inspires art. If art is a reaction to the world, we need to be encountering it; take it away and we have to reconfigure the way we work.
I’m fascinated by the way various artists have remained creative within the limits of a locked-down world. Photographer Julia Keil has taken it upon herself to create self-portraits that are inspired by paintings, films, or other photographs. As she explained, “Each day, I decided on a portrait – I’d immerse myself into that world.”
A series of these portraits can be seen in a BBC News article from yesterday; I highly recommend a look. Her photos are immersive and powerfully evoke different moods and atmospheres. It reminds me that we often become more creative within constraints, and that freedom lies within our imagination.