This C-crisis… it has an impact we could never have foreseen. Many of us lost their jobs. Freelancers lost clients. This crisis has not only financial consequences but there is also the fear of getting sick. And our physical connection to other people is no longer available to comfort us. Read more about how SHC team experience this here.
Crises bring change, big change. They can change the entire trajectory of your life or your company’s future. That’s why how we behave in a crisis, how we manage a crisis, is such a big deal. This week we talk with Kerstin Forster, Elyssa White, Ilona and Micharm Pollock about how they deal with (corona) crisis?
Our role does not change
As artists we have the responsibility of holding up a mirror to society. Just because that society has changed, it doesn’t change our role. With a world in crisis, we are tasked with creating our own brand of inspiration for the viewing public. Says Elyssa White
We have to ask our self: What is it that you bring to the table? Isolate your niche and do everything in your power to flourish. Does your art give hope? Emotion? Critique? Guidance?
The artist needs to deal with the Corona virus pandemic by accepting their divine role in society: you too are in service of others.
Front line workers heal the body, while the artist heals the soul. The artist can connect with people in a way no other societal role can.
Push forward knowing you are pulled towards purpose not pushed. Now, more than ever, you just need to keep going. A moment of true connection with art will shift the soul from suffering to serendipity.
We are all locked down
Yes – we are locked down and lock in. An outside trip is cautious. ‘I draw without looking at the page and so my drawings are taking me on a very specific journey of looking at every element of this pandemic with great detail. It is bringing me to terms with this reality. I am using my art to avoid checking out of this situation, but to try and always check in.’ Says Micharn Pollock
She is also working closely with other artists and actors to create experimental films which explore the emotions which are rollercoasting around the pandemic. ‘ These projects are connecting me with people who, before , I might never have met. These connections are stimulating my artistic journey and adding layers to my life that would otherwise have never existed.’ Says Micharm Pollock
A crisis always increases awareness. Awareness about the targets we have, the way we use to live, work and express our thoughts and insights in our art. For Kerstin a crisis helps to leave self and socially defined restrictions behind. In the beginning it feels like a breakdown, doubting everything and nothing. On one hand this is a well known, but difficult process when he is creating a new work. The phase when he has to destruct something which looks ok, but wasn’t what he really intended, what is lively and let his soul grow.
On the other hand going through this process with an unlimited mind can bring out new, unexpected results both for our art work and the whole society, as we all experience our life’s differently during this lockdown while we are urged to focus on ourselves, realizing for a long time what we really need to be happy. So every crisis inherent the chance of a change.
Spending time alone
‘I spent most of my childhood alone, so this Corona-isolation is not a challenge.’ Says Ilona
Her works are about a gigantic building in isolation. When this crisis started, she decided to become more active on social media and share images about the haunted buildings she made.
Ilona: ‘Artists need solitude’. Now it is the perfect time to be more creative than ever! She embraces limitations. Get inspired in self-isolation.
‘All you need is “a good and old pen and paper” to get creative. The challenge is how to stay focused and not get distracted by the news and other things. As artists, we can support each other during this crisis!’ Says Ilona