Artist Shane Finan on nature and the pandemic. This is now an expanded version of the original, including more reflections on art, nature and the pandemic.
“Today was due to be the first day of my residency at Kielder with VARC and the Kielderhead Wildwood Project. I had been preparing for this residency since December, exploring new technologies, research, art and ideas that I would be able to apply in the short month that I was looking forward to. Today, I am looking out the window of my home in Wicklow, Ireland. Last Friday, a government announcement asked that we would no longer travel more than 2km from our homes for exercise, and only travel for essential needs, to help stem the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.”