DON'T TOUCH

DON'T TOUCH

NICOLA SIEBERT - PATEL (UK)

Oil on canvas 

100 x 100 cm  

2020

 

As an artist working in the pandemic it is taking me some time to place thoughts about what is important anymore. The trajectory I was on in my practice [belief systems / objects within them] still feels relevant to me and in this situation maybe more so now, focusing on body/mind connect. Finding ways and means to retain our mental and physical health. As I am at home and have no access to workshops / studio space, my practice has returned to painting. This image was captured on polaroid, double exposed to create feeling of movement. Touch can be therapeutic, comforting. I find it a way of dealing with confusion and anxiety. The pose is reminiscent of Munch’s ‘Scream’, I see my painting as more of a silent, internal ‘scream’, not so much in a state of shock but more trying to comfort myself in a time when the whole world is suffering and our lives will never be the same again. ‘But we joke and laugh otherwise we would start screaming’ [Charles Bukowski].

All artwork on loan to www.theworldtakesabreath.com. Intellectual property rights belong to participating artists

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