This is a wonderful document. Aideen Barry takes us by the hand far into the lockdown life of one artist – herself. It’s simultaneously unique and universal, full of the emotions and contradictions of what she terms “a sense of being dismembered.”
“What I have available is limited, slowed down and suspended time. I have been presented with a new ozone and a new notion of what it is to be in the world so how I will put this together is up to me using what materials, time, moments, processes, feeling and abilities I have available at this present. This is a portrait of an artist who is not separated from you and who shares your feeling of being out of place in this very strange new reality. I am alive and I am going to capitalise on that as much as possible and only make what I can, when I can and if I can. This is our great privilege and of course our burden too.”
The work is available as a blog post for Art + Health, but also as a PDF (at the same URL). You can find some of the Isolation Drawings Aideen is making here.