Frances Aviva Blane
During the first British Covid lockdown in March 2020 I concentrated on making head drawings and paintings at home They were minimal and compressed. Later the paint returned and a chaotic aspect surfaced. In the studio my abstract paintings became larger and darker. Colour was superfluous. I had no hope things would improve in the world, and saw the future as a fiction. I wanted to find a painterly equivalent to my despair and let it go.
Finally I made small romantic water colours. These were my escape into a land of possibility and hope. I wanted a place where the dead could be alive and find peace.
The days of Covid 2020 threw me in opposite directions; a search for beauty in my abstract work and a confrontation with fear in the figurative. This is an ongoing process.