ARTISTS AT HOME - LATISHA REIHILL: When paintings take over the pjs are the artist's new look!
Lockdown has affected us all differently but much the same, we are all going through the motions as best we can. I can’t say I’ve felt good days and bad days, more so good hours and bad hours. I’ve had two of my exhibitions cancelled or postponed until… I don’t actually know when. I had invested a lot of time and money into these works, so I was feeling a bit deflated and worried financially. I had spent several months labouring away in the studio in excitement for the launch nights. I decided it would be best to bring all my works home from the studio and set up a makeshift studio in my small dining room instantly regretting ordering so many huge canvases. My work is abstract and bold, my painting methods are very gestural, and I have accidently gestured a few paintbrush strokes onto the walls and the floor too. I tend to work on several canvases at once as my painting technique is applying textures and layers, often times working on up to eight paintings at once, which in my tiny little room is impossible. I’ve felt a little enclosed and found it hard to step back and look at a painting, as I’ve not had much room. I’ve ended up having to throw paintings in the garden for some breathing space. Canvases seem to envelop the room, the entire house. My partner has been very patient and learned to walk like a ninja through each room as I’m forever shouting “Watch the wet paint!”. His Favourite addidas shoes have not been resurrected after a gessoing incident. I have considered in a moment of madness pinning some on the roof for extra space. It’s hard to work in chaos, but I’ve always practiced endurance and resilience, and this working from home however challenging is certainly not impossible, besides I’ve quite enjoyed painting in my pjs with a cup of tea most days.
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