Affected by virus, visual artists take refuge in their work | Entertainment
Among other pieces she created is a series titled “Geographical Distancing,” representing the impossibility of being close to her family at the moment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she was born. She also made a “Blood Map,” inspired in the death of George Floyd.
The concept of the work is similar to what she had been doing before. “But the way I was applying it was more based on personal experience,” she explained. “Previously I was more interested in the collective memory of events happening in the world and mostly in Brazil. After COVID, I was more focused on myself, in how I was dealing with the experience.”
Peruvian artist Fernando Otero not only has seen his production pick up but also his sales, something he attributes to his new relationship with space.
“There has been a reappreciation of the domestic space,” he said from Lima, Peru. Art lovers want “this lock-up to stop being a lock-up and be a pleasant cohabitation or domestic experience” with “an object to accompany them, to talk to them a little.”
While before the pandemic Otero, a multidisciplinary artist, was going through a period dedicated to abstract symbols or geometric painting, the works that flourished during his confinement have been much more specific: A coffee pot. A balloon. Objects that surround us.
“Curiously, the objects that I am painting now are containers. After us being so contained and for so long, they are all black containers,” said Otero.