Artist, Art Teacher
"Everyone is going through the pandemic and isolation, and being able to create art, either to portray this collective experience or as a means of coping, connects people and documents the state of the world."
Describe yourself as a maker/artist/creative
My art is layers, paint swirling and smashing together, colors streaking and dripping. I like to break the rules of painting and make a mess.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on painting interior and exterior spaces colliding. I like the idea of different spaces interacting with each other. I've also been dabbling in embroidery and textile artworks.
Has your work shifted in response to the pandemic? How?
In the pandemic, I have made more art about the feeling of being stuck inside and all the anxiety and feelings that accompany isolation. I paint the spaces I live in along with spaces I remember from photographs and the past. The spaces tilt and fall together, like a medley of memories from before, during, and after the pandemic; spaces that have changed moods simply from being there so often or not at all anymore.
In your opinion, what role does the creative process play in helping us confront our “new” reality?
The creative process helps explore the feelings that accompany living in the current world. Everyone is going through the pandemic and isolation, and being able to create art, either to portray this collective experience or as a means of coping, connects people and documents the state of the world.
See more of Annika's work here.