Surviving artist view during covid 19 pandemic

Surviving artist view during covid 19 pandemic

Covid 19 was emerged in India on 30th January 2020 which has been originating from China.  As of 10 April 2020, there has been a confirmation total of 6,412 cases, & 199 deaths so far in the country. This has also tremendously affected the economy of the country because India imposed a nationwide lockdown few weeks ago, it was designed to stop the imminent spread of the coronavirus.

The lockdown means all factories, markets, shops, and places of worship are now closed, most public transport suspended and construction work halted, as India asks its citizens to stay home and practice social distancing. Due to this, it has provided a temporary remedy to another pressing health issue: suffocating pollution levels. There have been clearer skies, trees/plants and flowers blooming, more birds chirping , sea creatures dancing in joy because of no boats/ships and pollution but, there have deserted roads which feels like being in 1940 – 45.

Amid the pros and cons of the Covid 19, the art market, has had the most immediate effect on emerging artists. Up-and-coming artists, who, even before the pandemic, were making very modest incomes, are now left without commercial outlets for their work, as many galleries, auction houses, and art fairs have shut down.

Living in the Financial city of the India, Mumbai, it has really been hard for me as an artist & human being to be locked down. As an artist, I’m unable to work from home due to lack of space & short of materials to work on/from. It is hard because we only have family support and no helper now so by doing and finishing the house chores becomes quite exhausting & thats just how the days usually go. Despite of re organizing the house, I do get time to practice on my art with whatever little materials I have in handy with me at home as, my studio is about 45 minutes away from home and is also shut. On one level, that has involved transition from large scale paintings to smaller drawings. I had my upcoming art exhibition too which was cancelled due to covid19. I’m grateful that all my artist friends and I who were part of this exhibition, supported each other and me to postpone this exhibition due to covid 19. Despite all the hurdles, I am taking a broader view on the crisis.

I don’t have a problem with social distancing,. I feel like the majority of my regular life is distanced from mot people. I’m more concerned for those who are loosing their jobs, businesses closing & so much more over the next year. Its really overwhelming and scary. A very hard time for the whole nation & I do hope situation gets better and the nation starts running smoothly again.

To keep my spirits up, I socialize Via whatsapp/facetime videos with my close and dear ones. House cleaning, working out, creating a few artworks, watching movies/shows, playing ludo via social distancing or chess have helped fill my days.

Maithillee Zaveri

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