Covid Constrained Composition1: Stasis
I had intended my artwork series: “C3 Series – Covid Constrained Composition” to be a geological reflection of the Cornish Jurassic coast in England, referencing Durdle Door, a natural limestone arch. However, all I could think of was the enforced stasis we’re in and the inability to plan ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic. Restricted choice presents challenges to us as our physical interactions are limited and our daily routines have been curtailed. I felt I needed to record these times.
Previous plagues such as the Black Death or 1918 influenza pandemic had huge ramifications for the world afterwards. The aftermath of this coronavirus pandemic will also see myriad changes, from personal adjustments to global shifts. Behind all the suffering and disruption and economic hardship of the coronavirus pandemic, an even larger global crisis is lurking: climate change. When the world stays home, the planet benefits. There’s nothing good about the coronavirus, but with a ban on non-essential travel and some countries in lockdown, we’re able to witness what happens to the Earth when we’re largely absent for the first time.
Hopefully, when we are able to travel again, we will be able to reconnect with our heritage and history.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but having new eyes.”
Copyright © 2021 Yeside Linney
Although Nigerian born, Yeside Linney has spent over 65 years living in the UK and is now retired from having been a High School teacher of English. She is a self-taught artist and regards herself as an eclectic Art pilgrim whose five year, and ongoing journey, is a process of self-discovery, using principally acrylics, oil pastels and inks. She is predominantly a landscape painter, though also attracted to other forms of expression, often abstracted. Landscapes are full of shape, texture and energy so she feels it’s important to capture these elements in her work. Each creation, sometimes influenced by poetry, aims to evoke a sense of place, whilst allowing room for personal interpretation. Yeside exhibits locally in Surrey where she lives.