Maria Pearson

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Maria's Quarantine Practice



"Using everyday materials means that I can carry on creatively regardless of the lockdown closures or being in isolation; I have the supply of a household’s creative potential within touch.  If a material is exhausted, then it was meant to be... 


I will pause and move on to something else.  


My work changes with the situation.  When I was working in the studios at University, I was working towards a physical gallery exhibition, this gave me a space to imagine; a physical space that would allow my work to grow and spread or decrease naturally.


Knowing that my final work will now be exhibited within a book has been challenging; I have been aware that my gallery space (the pages of a book) will be at a premium and my natural working processes of making and doing, repeating, collecting and reviewing are feeling restricted.  I am restricted by space; or so I initially thought. 

The space and site that my work is within has had a big influence on my creativity.  I work rhizomatically which means that one exploration becomes two and three and so on...  I spend time reviewing and changing, revisiting, and adding to my work, I believe that things are never complete, everything has the possibility for growth and change.  

Being in isolation without an appropriate studio has meant that my work has spread throughout my home, interstitial spaces have a new use.  My home is now a studio and a gallery for work in progress... in-between living, in-between art, in-between spaces. 

As I explore being in lockdown, I work on many things and there is a regular rotation of making, reviewing, removing, and storing. When my home and family require space to breathe...  My social media becomes a virtual holding space for my physical work.  

Instagram is a collective, indexical, archival,  an assemblage of physical work  in a space removed from the home, a space where many artists/students who are struggling to balance living and working towards exhibition are now sharing their works in progress with others in the same situation. 

I am also utilising the virtual...  It allows me to continue to work rhizomatically without burdening my family with my constant reworking of the home.

While being in lockdown, I have expanded my horizons... The isolation has made me rethink my studio space, my gallery space and my virtual space.  I am not locked down to the home...   I am working with multiple possibilities. 

 I am working towards a book exhibition; I am making physical and digital work and I am creating an assemblage of all work in the virtual space. I am choosing and reviewing the best situation for work and making connections between them all."