your quarantine studioIDOART, 2021
The current lockdown canceled or postponed exhibitions, closed art academies and despairing uncertainties affect the artists' working lives. To gain a better insight into the consequences of Covid-19, we are now again asking the country's artists about how the pandemic is affecting them and what their temporary quarantine studios look like.
For what do you do as an artist when unexpected circumstances set in? How do you continue your artistic practice when everyday life breaks up and you prefer to stay within the walls of the home? What do students do when they do not have access to their studios at the country's art academies? How do you get through the isolation if you have children and both have to juggle home schooling and at the same time have to take care of your artistic work? Do you relentlessly continue ongoing projects, even though you do not yet know if your exhibitions will be canceled? The uncertainties pile up, but we believe that we get through physical isolation as best we can by sharing our thoughts and concerns with each other.
Here is my quarantine studio. My studio is 20 kilometers outside of Berlin, so I cannot get out here as often as before. I have had two exhibitions canceled in connection with the closure and no one really knows what will happen after the reopening. The most difficult thing about quarantine is that there is no possibility of studio visits with other artists who can give criticism. Materiality is the most important thing in my work, and it is difficult to convey online. And I physically miss seeing exhibitions - on the other hand, it's nice that the city is a little quieter.