Wanted – Pandemic Art

Author: Paul Strickland | Date: 27 January, 2021 | Category: Arts Blog | Comments: 6

What’s happened in the pandemic? Where are the poets and painters? Why are we not being flooded with images and words from your lockdown lives? Maybe, on top of our concerns and fears about the climate, pollution, extinction catastrophe, a pandemic is just too much to cope with. I don’t believe this to be the case and I want you to prove me right by sending in your Covid pandemic works. It can be done. For inspiration look up Liv Torc on Facebook. She has encouraged people to write Haiflus (Covid haikus) and send photographs of lockdown life and the result is some moving collective art.

So, try some Haiku writing. It has a few simple rules:

A haiku is syllabic verse and has three lines, 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables. Each line should be a separate phrase and you should avoid enjambment. It usually contains a reference to nature, seasons or weather. You can ignore all these rules except the syllable count.

Gloomy January

kept indoors like a pot plant

outside snowdrops wave.

(I’ve given January three syllables because that’s how we say it).

Paint or draw a pandemic. You have the time.

Two new artworks are on show this week. In the Tomb by your Arts Convenor and, much better, Forest by Ingrid Riches. It is life enhancing and hopeful, what we all need.

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Comments on "Wanted – Pandemic Art"

marisa mann:

July 8, 2021

Hi, Have finished my image of the Australian Bush fires. It is ready to be uploaded?

Janet Lees:

January 27, 2021

I have made over 30 pieces of fabric art/quilting in the lockdowns of 2020/2021 so far. You can follow me on Twitter @Bambigoesforth if you'd like to know more. I would like to exhibit some later if possible.

Ann R Parker:

January 27, 2021

I am near enugh a compulsive poetry writer and have written loads since the pandemic started. One or two have nothing to do wih The Virus as it is good to focus on othe things as well, I never know where to send these and here you are saying no-one is writing or painting I bet we are; we just need an agent!

marisa mann:

January 27, 2021

Hi I've been working on a couple of images, as well as other work, to do with the australian fires, and also oil wells

Paul Strickland:

January 27, 2021

Thanks; the words and much of the art are supplied by Graham Norman.

Faith Kenrick:

January 27, 2021

Salutary words from Paul Strickland. His question has a response. Now the libraries only open for essential computer access, and borrowing is very restricted. So last night I thought "I have to write my own novels." Lo and behold at 12.00 midnight I woke up with a number of plot ideas. My prayers found an answer. After my doleful Christmas, when few made contact, I am producing embellished cushion covers re-purposing worn-out clothing to be Valentine messages.


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