01 Nov Jemisha Maadhavji’s Leicester Lockdown
Where did you spend lockdown and who with?
I spent Lockdown at home with my parents and teenage twin brothers.
What did you find an unexpected blessing?
The fact that the whole world was going at a similar pace to me and, to some extent, there were no expectations from the outer world . . . I was in my own little bubble creating work. I also developed a much closer and stronger relationship with nature.
What did you work on?
I worked on a lot of small-scale paintings and drawings – mainly self-portraits and portraits of my siblings.
Was the work you did planned – or did you allow your creativity to roam free?
Definitely the latter! I just felt so dreamlike during lockdown, it was as though I was on an unexpected journey. My mind felt more liberated and so the paintings are quite different from my previous works. My work was very much dictated by my feelings and my surroundings. Most importantly, I didn’t think about the result of the finished paintings – it was exciting because the completed art works were a surprise even for me!
How do you feel now as life returns to ‘normal’?
It still doesn’t seem normal. I miss visiting London art galleries and museums a lot.
Are you optimistic or fearful about the future?
The future is unpredictable, but there is no need to be fearful as a life of an artist is filled with colour, excitement and surprises.