As we continue to contend with the ‘new normal’, maintaining focus and purpose can be a challenge. This week, I received an email from an artist who eloquently wrote that she feels “life is both crawling at a snail’s pace and careening wildly out of control”. Our regular routines have been disrupted and while it may seem we have more free time than ever, the disorienting effect of quarantine is dizzying. In this article, we hope to share some tips to help artists find their inspiration in isolation.
The Singulart team has provided some wonderful ideas for creative escapism, from the best virtual museum tours to must-see art films and enjoyable cultural podcasts, from which we hope you indulge your imagination. Despite the current challenges, we encourage you to use this time for personal artistic expression too. Art has a unique power to connect with others, providing solace and hope in times of adversity. At Singulart, we are currently experiencing a 60% increase in leads as collectors turn to our online gallery in search of a piece that will enrich their present experience and illuminate their homes.
Another important function of art is its ability to capture and comment upon a moment in time. Covid-19 is a significant event in history and art will help to convey the events of today to the world of tomorrow. Every artistic perspective is unique and valuable, so we recommend reflecting on your feelings towards the current situation and articulating an artistic response. From capturing the eerie solitude of empty streets to depicting an abstract interpretation of the virus itself, the ways in which to portray this moment in history are endless.
Finding inspiration in isolation is challenging as many of us feel we lack motivation and purpose. If this is the case, we recommend that you establish some sort of routine in order to maintain focus. Try to sit down to work at a similar time each day in an environment with minimal distractions. It is important that you’re not too hard on yourself, some days will be difficult and you should be congratulated for every effort you make to navigate your way through the hazy lockdown period.
Take breaks, stay active if possible, and remember that when these extraordinary days pass (which they shall) we are likely to have a greater appreciation for what is truly important in life.
If you lack the tools and materials that you are used to working with, use this time as an opportunity to experiment and explore a new direction – it may lead to some interesting discoveries. The artistic process can be a source of inspiration in itself, going back to basics or pushing boundaries may lead to fresh innovation. Be sure to have fun and be open to failure at first, remembering the words of American abstract artist Mark Rothko:
“Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks.”
Many people have reported experiencing vivid and unusual dreams during lockdown. We recommend keeping a dream journal, a pen and paper next to your bed to jot down your subconscious visions. Use the symbolism from the depth of your imagination as inspiration in isolation. Dreams have always been linked closely with great art, with famous surrealist Salvador Dali acknowledging the importance of a ‘short nap’, while post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh expressly stated “I dream my paintings, then I paint my dreams.” We may be physically confined, however, your mind is still capable of boundless venture.
As a final recommendation, be sure to reach out to others, family, friends, colleagues, and of course your Artist Liaison here at Singulart. Let a shared sense of humanity provide you with hope and inspiration in isolation. We hope you stay safe, healthy and creative!