calstock CREATIVE LOCKDOWN
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Calstock-Creative-Lockdown is a project that showcases photographs, drawings and thoughts about the Coronavirus crisis. It represents a snapshot in time in a Cornish village. To tackle the threat from Covid 19 we were asked to stay in our homes as much as possible and social distance in order to prevent the spread of the virus. We were asked to isolate at a time when we needed each other more than ever.
This project aimed to try to help bridge the gap between the disparate pockets of isolation by showing the shared experience, humanity and courage of the people of Calstock. On my daily walks through Calstock I took a camera and photographed different members of the community through their windows. Strict rules of social distancing were observed to prevent the spread of infection and the photos were taken through glass. I then picked the best images to draw from. Each person was encouraged to write about how they feel or felt about the lockdown and take part in a dialogue. As the artist I am fascinated by the symbolism created by the model trapped behind glass. The three layers of the image; The surface of the face, the reflection of the world outside and the surface of the glass. We have all been staring out at the new world from different perspectives and this project aims to document the changes.
No matter where you live please feel free to respond using the comments boxes and to share how you feel about the current Covid 19 crisis, the artwork, the lockdown or other issues that arise from this project. This project is aimed at everyone not just those that have been or are still in lockdown. If you are a key worker, going to work as normal, working from home or in full isolation please join the debate. People from all over the world have contributed to the dialogue.
Finally take some time to read what people have written about their experiences either next to the drawings, under the photo gallery or in the lockdown dialogue page. The statements will make you laugh, cry and sometimes shout. The debate goes on.
Although I am no longer taking photographs I am still drawing from the images taken. When i have completed 50 drawings I plan to have an exhibition of the drawings, photographs and statements.
Click on an image to see a larger version and to read their statement.
This project is completely self funded. All donations are gratefully received but please don't worry if you can't.