As we approach a month in isolated life, this situation gives us an excuse to do (or attempt) something productive while we twiddle our thumbs and wait for this bug to blow over. I've tried painting through my vast backlog of unfinished plastic miniatures and have even taken up learning a language with the time I've got, but there has been one notable factor that made my time in quarantine bearable. Not the internet, that doesn't need explaining. But rather multiplayer gaming, the best way I've found to still enjoy the presence of friends near and far.
Is it possible to write about art without sounding pompous? That’s a genuine question.
I’ve written this intro about twelve-hundred times (well I’ve got time for it now) and I just end up writing in Tory. I always sound a bit like Boris Johnson explaining the artistry of building models out of matchsticks, although I don’t have the gorgeous blonde locks for that… not yet anyway.
There is often a tendency for people to direct their energies towards the most visible issues, rather than the ones that stand to cause the greatest impact. People also have a tendency towards vilifying easy targets and thereby signalling their own piety to whatever audience they might have.
Like many of us during this difficult period, with COVID-19 engulfing every media platform and every thought, the overwhelming claustrophobia after almost two weeks inside is becoming unbearable. Many daytime TV shows are coming up with new inventive ways to stay entertained in the confinement of your own home – colouring, baking, learning a new skill? All of this sounds very exciting… doesn’t it? Or at least it would, if anyone had even a glimmer of motivation.
Disclaimer – I wrote this on Monday, just uploaded it late.
I am writing to you on my second week anniversary of being locked up in my home. Today I have officially finished my mandatory 2 week quarantine after traveling from England to Latvia.