In conversation with .. 4!

Welcome to our new digital issue: IN CONVERSATION WITH – Part 4, 148 pages art and illustrations! Out 01.06.2020 – featuring in conversation with Lee Freeman, Andrés Hernández , Ieva Ragauskaite, Suzanne Forbes, Albert Madaula, Norbert Bisky, Theresa Baxter, Yermine Richardson, ggggrimes, Ally Zlatar, Alva Skog, jaik puppyteeth, Cute Brute, TOMA, Daria Coxranima, Emma Weird, Klaus Kremmerz, postitpals, Molokid, Ruttu, TradeMark, Barbara Moura, Ole Paland. 2020 will forever be known as the year of the pandemic we’re all experiencing at the right now. We knew the Pre and it will be for sure a Post-COVID-19 Era. Over the last few days, some countries started to ease the conditions of their lockdown. The quarantine got to all of us, scared us, forced us to rearrange the way we live, work, communicate. In this special issue, we wanted to give light to artists, especially illustrators and painters, to know how his time affected their lives and their process. We wanted to showcase a different story ...

Welcome to our new digital issue: IN CONVERSATION WITH – Part 4, 148 pages art and illustrations! Out 01.06.2020 – featuring in conversation with Lee Freeman, Andrés Hernández , Ieva Ragauskaite, Suzanne Forbes, Albert Madaula, Norbert Bisky, Theresa Baxter, Yermine Richardson, ggggrimes, Ally Zlatar, Alva Skog, jaik puppyteeth, Cute Brute, TOMA, Daria Coxranima, Emma Weird, Klaus Kremmerz, postitpals, Molokid, Ruttu, TradeMark, Barbara Moura, Ole Paland. 2020 will forever be known as the year of the pandemic we’re all experiencing at the right now. We knew the Pre and it will be for sure a Post-COVID-19 Era. Over the last few days, some countries started to ease the conditions of their lockdown. The quarantine got to all of us, scared us, forced us to rearrange the way we live, work, communicate. In this special issue, we wanted to give light to artists, especially illustrators and painters, to know how his time affected their lives and their process. We wanted to showcase a different story ...


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<strong>In</strong> <strong>conversation</strong> <strong>with</strong> Yermine Richardson, Theresa Baxter, Albert Madaula, Molokid, ggggrimes and many more ...

Dear non-Black humxns,<br />

I, we, Black people need your help. “You have to act as if it were<br />

possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all<br />

the time.” (Angela Davis)<br />

Why? Because “your silence will not protect you” (Audre Lorde)<br />

and because “if you are neutral [silent] in situations of injustice,<br />

you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” (Desmond Tutu)<br />

If you ‘really’ have a Black friend, or if you have Black family and<br />

if you enjoy anything that Black culture produces, the fashion,<br />

the music, the memes, then say something – Black Lives Matter<br />

is a good place to start. Normalize saying it. Black. Lives. Matter.<br />

If you can’t find the “right” words, then do something. Anything.<br />

Don’t wait until another Black body becomes the next hashtag<br />

before you decide to SPEAK UP and TAKE ACTION.<br />

Talk to your friends, your family, your co-workers. Don’t be<br />

afraid to have uncomfortable <strong>conversation</strong>s. Black existence is<br />

uncomfortable. Support your local intersectional, anti-racist<br />

organisations, donate your time, cook and send meals, send<br />

money, redistribute your wealth and your privilege uplift the most<br />

marginalized in our communities and LISTEN and LEARN from the<br />

experience of Black people and People of Colour when they tell<br />


you what they need. These issues don’t just go away once the<br />

topic is no longer “trending”.<br />

Racism and white supremacy are not just an American problem<br />

(#BreonnaTaylor #TonyMcDade #GeorgeFloyd), it’s a<br />

Canadian problem (#Machuar Madut #DAndreCampbell<br />

#RegisKorchinski-Paquet), it’s a UK problem (#MarkDuggan<br />

#StephenLawrence #BellyMujinga), it’s a French problem<br />

(#JusticePourTheo), It’s a German problem (#OuryJalloh),<br />

Racism and white supremacy are a GLOBAL problem.<br />

It shouldn’t be a crime just to be born Black.<br />

NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT. Start by being the change you want to<br />

see. Why? Because “not everything that is faced can be changed,<br />

but nothing can be changed, until it is faced.” (James Baldwin).<br />

Please don’t let my name become the next hashtag.<br />

Lee Freeman/@Daddypuss.Rex<br />


@puppyteeth<br />

Protest if you’re able – Donate if you’re able.<br />

https://www.justiceforbigfloyd.com/<br />

https://brooklynbailfund.org/donate<br />


@b_moura<br />

This is a drawing from 2017. No description needed.<br />

‘White race is the cancer of human history’ - Susan Sontag<br />


@suzanneforbesartist<br />

“The courtroom drawing shows a teenage defendant being brought into the courtroom by a Marshal, a type of municipal<br />

law-enforcement officer who escorts prisoners. The defendant, a person accused of a crime who has been held in prison<br />

awaiting trial, is very young and slight. He is Black and he looks frightened, confused, and above all deeply betrayed that<br />

this is happening to him. Looming over him is a courtroom Marshal in uniform, <strong>with</strong> a badge, and behind the Marshal<br />

is the US Flag.”<br />

My courtroom drawings are very different from my performer drawings. My birth name was Rachel Ketchum, and that’s<br />

the name I worked under. Courtroom artists are freelancers hired by TV stations, not by the court.<br />

I worked for a Minneapolis CBS tv station called WCCO, and some of the reporters I worked <strong>with</strong> are still there, like Esme<br />

Murphy. Her byline is on this piece where WCCO reporters interviewed witnesses of George Floyd’s murder, including a<br />

child who was there.”<br />

Rachel Ketchum<br />


@reesabobeesa<br />

“On Monday a man was murdered over a suspected counterfeit $20. He did not resist arrest yet was restrained in an unthinkably<br />

inhuman way that was not part of the department’s training by Derek M Chauvin, who also shot another unarmed black man in<br />

2008 and was placed on leave in 2011 for “inappropriate police shooting” of an Alaskan native in 2011. There have been 12 police<br />

brutality complaints against him, listed as “closed” and “no discipline”. And yet, despite protests and global outrage no action has<br />

been taken against him as of yet...he was fired. That’s it. Make no mistake, the American police are a violent gang, targeting people<br />

based exclusively on the colour of their skin. This can’t go on. Every single one of us needs to take action. Make calls, sign petitions,<br />

donate to @blklivesmatter monthly if you can (I do). Carry this outrage <strong>with</strong> you ~<br />

because we only see a tiny percentage of the<br />

targeted violence that happens every single day to people of colour in our country. It is our responsibility to make an impact <strong>with</strong><br />

those around us; talk to your family, talk to your friends. What can you do to be of service? Do what’s uncomfortable. Because it<br />

really is life and death.“<br />



@ukrainianfashionweek_official<br />


Meet The Team in Quarantine<br />

@marcel_schlutt @nicolas_simoneau @nicphilf<br />

@nicosutorfashion<br />

@slaterkarl<br />

2020 will forever be known as the year of<br />

the pandemic we’re all experiencing at<br />

the right now. We knew the Pre and it will<br />

be for sure a Post-COVID-19 Era. Over<br />

the last few days, some countries started<br />

to ease the conditions of their lockdown.<br />

The quarantine got to all of us, scared us,<br />

forced us to rearrange the way we live,<br />

work, communicate.<br />

Editor-in-Chief<br />

Fashion Editor<br />

Art Director<br />

Art Editor<br />

Music Editor<br />

Marcel Schlutt<br />

mschlutt@kaltblut-magazine.com<br />

Nicolas Simoneau<br />

nsimoneau@kaltblut-magazine.com<br />

Nicola Phillips<br />

nphillips@kaltblut-magazine.com<br />

<strong>In</strong> this special issue, we wanted to give<br />

light to artists, especially illustrators and<br />

painters, to know how his time affected<br />

their lives and their process. We wanted<br />

to showcase a different story, different<br />

arts to give a voice and platform for these<br />

creators. We hope you’ll enjoy the read,<br />

and don’t forget to always support your<br />

local artists.<br />

Fashion Editors<br />

Nico Sutor<br />

nsutor@kaltblut-magazine.com<br />

Karl Slater<br />

kslater@kaltblut-magazine.com<br />

Proofreading by Amy Heaton and Nicola Phillips<br />

Lots of love.<br />

On The Cover<br />

Artwork Yermine Richardson<br />

Read his interview > p.42<br />

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All of KALTBLUT´s contributors are responsible and retain the reproduction rights of their own words and images.<br />

Reproductions of any kind are prohibited <strong>with</strong>out the permission of the magazine, editor and each contributor.<br />


Norbert Bisky > p.36 ggggrimes > p.54<br />

Alva Skog > p.66 TOMA > p.86<br />

Ruttu > p.124 Mark Wardel > p.130<br />


While We Wait<br />

(to Hold Each Other Once Again)<br />

A letter to my lover from<br />

across the Mexican border<br />

in times of lockdown<br />

Text and Artwokrs by Andrés Hernández<br />


On March 20th, the US-Mexican border,<br />

the most heavily trafficked land port<br />

of entry, was closed for “non-essential”<br />

workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

Unable to quarantine in the same household,<br />

families, friends, and lovers have<br />

since been separated until further notice<br />

May 13th, 2020<br />

Neville,<br />

I no longer know how to translate this pain.<br />

It’s been nearly fifty-four days since we<br />

shared the same bed, since we held each<br />

other in a warm embrace and whispered<br />

eternal love, a declaration only audible to<br />

the texture and folds of our skin. The last<br />

time we showered together, there was music<br />

playing in the background and warm<br />

water pouring down my back and shoulders.<br />

I couldn’t hear the music nor feel the<br />

water, but I could wrap my arms around<br />

your lower waist to bring you closer to<br />

me. To touch you, to taste you, to bathe<br />

you in salt, that was called living. You see,<br />

what the way your body moves and talks<br />

and questions mine has taught me is that<br />

there is so much beauty to be found in the<br />

mundane. Maybe it’s silly to say it out loud.<br />

Maybe a declaration of love so pure might<br />

seem obsessive, overdone at times, empty<br />

and lacking given how many other lovers<br />

have said the same words before in vain.<br />

But it doesn’t matter, because this letter is<br />

for you, just for you.<br />

We have nothing left but the heavy drag of<br />

the light shifting across the room in sharp<br />

angles, bringing <strong>with</strong> it occasional warmth.<br />

Somedays, it doesn’t even show up, it sits<br />

behind a bed of clouds, and so we shut the<br />

blinds, maybe light a candle. We pretend<br />

it’s the sun or we sit in the dark and feel<br />

our limbs as they harden <strong>with</strong> time. Legs,<br />

shoulders, neck, spine. I stretch in bed<br />

whenever I remember to. I pick up a pen,<br />

press it across tomorrow and the day after,<br />

I stop at the 30th, and jot down a question<br />

mark. I scribble over it and remind myself<br />

that hoping for the best has done nothing<br />

but prove to be the quickest route to disappointment.<br />

The line between optimism<br />

and foolishness shaves itself thinner every<br />

day I don’t leave the house.<br />


When I was younger, I used to run from<br />

my parent’s house all the way to the<br />

beach, all the way to the tall, brown fence<br />

that rose from the sand to mark the limits<br />

of my country, a border that, to this<br />

day, keeps growing taller. Some people<br />

say it grows to make space for more<br />

names to be written on it. The names<br />

of the lost, the names of the dead, the<br />

names of the mothers and fathers and<br />

children and lovers, lovers just like us,<br />

separated by the doings of those whose<br />

understanding of the world does not fit<br />

compassion. So, I do what I do best and<br />

cry. I cry for you, and I cry for everybody<br />

else because that’s the only thing I can<br />

do. I cry for myself last, and then I keep<br />

the tears in a jar to remind myself that<br />

sometimes sorrow deserves to be held as<br />

tenderly as we hold joy.<br />

It is on this beach that I sit to write this<br />

letter. My bed is the sand, and the sheets<br />

are the waves that leave on me the scent<br />

of the bodies they shower. This kind of<br />

loneliness feels so familiar. The turning<br />

of the handle, the piling of cups and<br />

glasses and wraps, the not-looking-forward-to-anything<br />

that comes like clockwork<br />

when I stare at accumulated toilet<br />

paper used to wipe the cum off my belly,<br />

reminiscent of sweaty armpits and<br />

long-overdue showers, and that heaviness<br />

and that knot on the side of the neck<br />

that, like a night bird, keeps me turning<br />

and twisting down and to the right, forward<br />

and to the left, up and down and<br />

then a momentary sense of relief before<br />

the handle turns again.<br />

I don’t know how to drive, but last night I<br />

dreamt I knew how to just to go see you,<br />

and when I drove across the border the<br />

CBPs had no questions, the freeway lay<br />

empty, and you were waiting for me at<br />

12 & Imperial just like the first time we<br />

met, <strong>with</strong> your shorts on and your hair<br />

in twists, waiving and calling my name,<br />

smiling the way we both smile <strong>with</strong><br />

wrinkles around our eyes, and we took<br />

the trolley up to Seaport Village, and we<br />

talked about making chicken stew for<br />

dinner, and we bought a small bag of<br />

cuties, and we ate them all in one sitting.<br />

It’s strange to think of a time when I took<br />

your embrace for granted, your fingers<br />

braided <strong>with</strong> mine, our legs clasped together<br />

in bed, how I’d turn to let you hug<br />

me from behind in the middle of the<br />

night, putting your warm palms over my<br />

lower stomach, how you’d whisper “my<br />

baby, my baby, my baby, I love you, my<br />



aby.” It’s strange to think that we’d be set<br />

apart, not by our past or by mutual hurt,<br />

by a disconnect in our frequencies, but<br />

something greater and more threatening.<br />

It’s easier to fall apart when love turns sour<br />

on both ends, when missing comes <strong>with</strong><br />

an underlying feeling that it was all for the<br />

best.<br />

I sit to wait for the pears rot and turn sour.<br />

I sit to feel the tangerines and lemons in<br />

my garden run dry. I sit in the shower, and<br />

my tears blend in <strong>with</strong> the water. I remember<br />

bathing your body, adoring it, grasping<br />

your fullness in my palms, nurturing it,<br />

admiring the way the liquid would fall and<br />

change <strong>with</strong> your chest, change <strong>with</strong> your<br />

legs, change <strong>with</strong> the small of your back. I<br />

sit and cry for the way I’d take your face in<br />

my hands and kiss your eyelids, kiss your<br />

forehead, kiss your cheeks. It takes me<br />

back to epsom salt and white wine nights<br />

in the bathtub. My fingertips conjure back<br />

your presence, and I trace in the air your<br />

body, and, when consciousness falls back<br />

into this body, I pretend to hold you <strong>with</strong><br />

eyes shut.<br />

And while we wait to hold each other once<br />

again, the unkempt grass grows for nobody<br />

to see, it cuts the pavement in strings<br />

and you, you move like the wind shifts and<br />

chases, you shine hard and call and go<br />

through hair, through doors and tunnels<br />

and branches, you reach the depth of the<br />

water, the roots in the soil, the bottom of<br />

the glass. And it is then that I am reminded<br />

that things exist in a perpetual state of chaos,<br />

and life is only trying to figure out how<br />

to cope <strong>with</strong> the fact that there is no such<br />

thing as a consistent state of peace. Peace,<br />

like water, cannot be held or attained, and<br />

it only grows more unattainable there<br />

more we point out its lack in presence. And<br />

in this chaos, I write to tell you this: I’ve<br />

loved you, and I love you still, like I love the<br />

soft early-morning light.<br />

Yours truly,<br />

Andrés<br />

@andrewgrams<br />



Ieva Ragauskaite<br />

Phnom Penh,<br />

Cambodia<br />

@ievarag<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide, how<br />

are you feeling?<br />

Just in a few words, I feel good. It’s been an<br />

emotional rollercoaster and now everything<br />

is pretty much stable in the city I’m at.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time<br />

in quarantine?<br />

<strong>In</strong> the beginning, I was very energetic<br />

because the time of quarantine started right<br />

after my holidays so I was really relaxed and<br />

full of ideas for upcoming projects. That<br />

lasted for a few weeks followed by a few<br />

weeks of absolute numbness and laziness. I<br />

took it all in as part of adapting and learning<br />

new “game rules”. But most of the time I was<br />

just creating in some sort of ways. I didn’t<br />

learn a new language, haven’t done yoga or<br />

came up <strong>with</strong> a massive business idea. But I<br />

came to terms that I haven’t done as much<br />

as I was pushing myself for and I’m fine <strong>with</strong><br />

that!<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I was working as a graphic designer here in<br />

Cambodia so sadly I have lost this job. Small<br />

freelance projects do happen but rarely. I put<br />

on hold searching for new jobs and gigs since<br />

it seems to be a great time to focus more on<br />

illustration and challenge myself in this field.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

Kinda. My routine changed since I have no work anymore<br />

so I feel like sometimes I let myself go. But pretty much<br />

every day I wake up and make myself an espresso and<br />

write into my journal and after that, I try to work. I say<br />

“try” because in the past weeks I had no motivation to<br />

do it and I just spend a lot of time reading and in the<br />

evening riding my bike around the city (since Cambodia<br />

never had strict lockdown rules). I made a lot of space in<br />

my everyday life for video calls/chats which to be honest<br />

I love!<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation<br />

for you? What do you wish for the future?<br />

For sure. Even before lockdown, I spent the majority<br />

of my time at home alone but now I had to really spend<br />

time alone and it gave me some sort of empowerment.<br />

It’s just me and my thoughts. That being said there<br />

was plenty of time to think (and overthink) and plan<br />

a little bit where I wanna head next, what I wanna<br />

do <strong>with</strong> my life after all this craziness goes down.<br />

For me, this time was very self-centred and even<br />

therapeutic.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

You can get my art at FY!<br />

(www.iamfy.co/shop/ieva-ragauskaite)<br />

since I can’t ship any orders<br />

myself at the moment but I always<br />

appreciate people who contact me<br />

and orders from me directly.<br />








Suzanne Forbes<br />

Berlin, Germany<br />

@suzanneforbesartist<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

I’m feeling ok. I am extremely privileged to<br />

be able to work from home, because of the<br />

support of my Patrons, and I’m so grateful<br />

to be in Berlin. I overworked the first seven<br />

weeks, so I’m recovering now.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

I went into self-isolation on March 1, the day<br />

after Torture Garden Berlin. I’m disabled,<br />

asthmatic and immunocompromised, so I<br />

knew I was locking down for the long haul.<br />

I slept for four hours after TG and then<br />

immediately started working from the<br />

minute I woke up to the minute I went to<br />

sleep, seven days a week, until late April.<br />

With simpler drawings, I worked even faster than usual, and on one night<br />

I drew from THREE shows. I haven’t drawn three shows in a night since<br />

Folsom Weekend 2006 in SF! Like a kid in a candy store, I overdid it,<br />

triggered my autoimmune disease, and now I am resting and recovering.<br />

Of course, I have FOMO about the online shows I can’t draw, just as I have<br />

FOMO about the IRL events I’ve missed because of my health.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

Nope, not now that I’m in a health problem flareup. I just sleep when I<br />

can, throw food at my husband and cats, and work as much as I can. I am<br />

trying to get 14 Patreon posts up per month since March, which is a lot,<br />

since each post has at least a couple pieces of art, plus all the links and<br />

info about the performers. But it means I have a couple hundred extra<br />

euros to donate to Berlin mutual aid funds for LGBTQ folx, sex workers<br />

and refugees each month.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

Knowing I don’t have to do any of the things that normally drain me<br />

and take energy away from my work, like medical appointments and<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

For that first seven weeks, I felt fiercely<br />

energized. I’m a trauma survivor <strong>with</strong><br />

C-PTSD, so when there’s a crisis I go<br />

into endocrinological power space. I was<br />

galvanized, and I worked so much. Suddenly<br />

I could “attend” and do my documentary<br />

drawing at far more drag and burlesque<br />

shows than usual! Normally I have to ration<br />

the events I go to really carefully, because of<br />

my physical limitations. But suddenly all the<br />

shows were coming to me, online!<br />

It is very, very different drawing live from a<br />

screen, from a Livestream. I keep the same<br />

rule, that I have to do the main part of the<br />

drawing while the performer is live, but a<br />

feed provides much less information than<br />

my eyes do. Even in a dark, smoky club,<br />

I can see much more of the performer in<br />

meatspace than I can when they’re reduced<br />

to two dimensions on-screen. This is why<br />

I’ve been live-drawing primarily streams<br />

where I know most of the people and have<br />

drawn them IRL before - I have a mental<br />

map of their faces stored! My first livestream-drawings<br />

were really bad. I got<br />

the hang of it though. I make my stream<br />

drawings a lot simpler.<br />


travelling to events, was so freeing. As an introvert, being<br />

around people and going places makes me so tired. Even<br />

though I love people, love events and love Berlin!<br />

So having to be home always has freed up creative<br />

resources for me. Which I am using to witness and<br />

document the incredible mutual aid, support, and<br />

creativity of our community in this time. I’m immensely<br />

grateful to witness the solidarity of Berlin’s queer<br />

community, and having the ability to help a tiny bit makes<br />

me feel useful.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

Universal health care, vaccine research for TB and HIV as<br />

well as SARS-Cov2, social justice, Berlin’s queer and kinky<br />

performers and spaces and businesses making it through<br />

this time! And personally I’d like to be a teeny bit more<br />

well known, so more people could have my free art :)<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

People do buy my art, and I am available for portrait<br />

commissions, but my primary mission is about giving my<br />

documentary art away online. I’m crowdfunded through<br />

Patreon, so subscribing for even one dollar/Euro a month<br />

helps me keep making documentary art of Queer Berlin<br />

and releasing it for free.<br />

www.patreon.com/SuzanneForbes<br />

I’m still hoping for a post-SESTA-FOSTA crowdfunding<br />

site for explicit art to be invented because I have to censor<br />

myself heavily for Patreon and I would really like to get<br />

paid to go to sex parties again. When that is possible!<br />

Meanwhile, I have my vanilla site, https://www.chipinhead.<br />

com/, and my age-gated NSFW site, https://www.<br />

suzanneforbes.com/<br />

99% of my artwork is free to download, use for yourself<br />

and share, here on Flickr:<br />

www.flickr.com/photos/suzanneforbesart/<br />

The images attached include three from January and<br />

February, the last time I was out and about in the scene.<br />

There’s Godx Noirphiles at House of Presents at Monster<br />

Ronson’s, and The Pain-Proof Priestess at Torture Garden<br />

Berlin. Then there’s a drawing of Antina Christ done<br />

from the screen, during the HOP Livestream, and one of<br />

Godx done from a talk show by The Beige Biitch put on<br />

by Sophiensaale. You can really see the difference in style<br />

between drawn in-person and drawn from the screen, as<br />

well as me trying to draw visual effects in Godx’s video<br />

like glitch and overlay!<br />

Next, Pansy from the HOP stream, super meta cause I took<br />

a screenshot of her onscreen, printed it out and glued the<br />

space background behind the drawing and posted the<br />

drawing on <strong>In</strong>sta all while she was still live. I used to draw<br />

Star Trek comics for DC, and the background of outer<br />

space in a comic is something the inker takes care of - the<br />

penciller, like me, just writes BWS for “Black <strong>with</strong> stars” in<br />

the area. So no way I am drawing BWS when I could print<br />

it instead!<br />

Next is performer Jada Love, from Cybertease, an online<br />

strip show to benefit sex workers. I can’t post that on my<br />

Patreon so I can’t get paid for it, but I’m happy to help<br />

promote, support and document sex workers always.<br />

And the last two are Daddy Sparkles, for the Venus Boys’<br />

live show Digital Boys, and Miss Poppycox and Nana<br />

Schewitz doing the Bad Bruises Livestream.<br />





Albert Madaula<br />

Barcelona, Spain<br />

@albertmadaula<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

Generally speaking, I have had more time<br />

to dedicate to my home and family. I also<br />

had the chance to work on a daily basis,<br />

which has been of great help to deal <strong>with</strong><br />

this stressful situation we are in now.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

<strong>In</strong>deed, big projects have been stopped in<br />

their tracks for now, since I do not believe<br />

it is a good time to invest in such projects.<br />

That led me to work on smaller and more<br />

affordable projects in order to stay active<br />

during this time.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

I have tried to keep my daily routine. Wake up early,<br />

working 5 days and resting on weekends.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

To slow down, respect myself and pay more attention to<br />

my personal life and continue my belief in what I already<br />

thought before this crisis started: less is more.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

Through my <strong>In</strong>stagram account: @albertmadaula. Shortly<br />

I will launch my website which I’ve been working on<br />

during this lockdown:<br />

www.lapalmeraestudio.com.<br />







Norbert<br />

Bisky<br />

Berlin,<br />

Germany<br />

@norbertbisky<br />

What is the inspiration behind ‘Desmadre Berlin’?<br />

What drove you to make a show that revolves around<br />

your native country’s capital city?<br />

For many years I have been living in Friedrichshain,<br />

one of the night lively neighbourhoods of Berlin. So<br />

when I walk out of my studio late at night I stumble<br />

into club kids on their way to Berghain or Watergate.<br />

I really love to have a studio in the midst of it all. So I<br />

finally wanted to pay tribute and make an entire show<br />

related to Berlin’s infamous nightlife.<br />

How do you think Parisians will relate to a show<br />

about another capital city in Europe?<br />

Oh, I guess most Parisians have heard about the Berlin<br />

club scene. I hope the show puts a smile on their faces.<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has<br />

been enforced worldwide, how are you feeling?<br />

I am fine, painting in the studio every day. The noisy<br />

city around is what I am missing. I never imagined<br />

Berlin could be so damn quiet. The situation right<br />

now is devastating especially for the clubs, the project<br />

spaces, the queer scene and the art venues. Hopefully,<br />

everything will go back to normal. After all, I am<br />

optimistic.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in<br />

quarantine?<br />

Painting, painting, painting. And I started to have long<br />

<strong>conversation</strong>s on the phone again, like back in the<br />

90ies.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

Right now there is no direct impact on my work. I am<br />

not a newspaper. Let’s see in a few months if there will<br />

be changes in the painting process.<br />




Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

Yes, I start early afternoon and leave the studio<br />

late at night. Right now there is no place to go<br />

to anyway.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of<br />

this situation for you?<br />

Well in the first week I got more sleep than<br />

usual. That was okay. But at the very moment<br />

when the deceleration, deep breath, intensive<br />

feeling, society criticizing discussion started,<br />

I was against it. I mean hey, this is a goddamn<br />

pandemic. If you want to re-think and change your<br />

privileged lifestyle, do it. But if you need a shutdown like<br />

this, <strong>with</strong> all its isolation and death, then shame on you.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

Concerts, parties, openings, festivals, orgies, events,<br />

gatherings, crowded streets.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

I am busy painting. If someone likes to get a piece, then<br />

contact the galleries I am working <strong>with</strong>, like Templon in<br />

Paris or König in Berlin.<br />




Theresa Baxter<br />

Los Angeles, USA<br />

@reesabobeesa<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since<br />

self-isolation has been enforced<br />

worldwide, how are you feeling?<br />

Once the panic subsided and<br />

the quiet set in, I started to get<br />

some much-needed clarity and<br />

focus. I feel like this time has been<br />

an incredible opportunity for<br />

introspection; for me to evaluate<br />

what is truly important to me. And<br />

it turns out, I’ve been spending my<br />

time and resources on things that<br />

don’t feel important at all anymore<br />

once a global pandemic breaks out.<br />

And I’ve let those things go where<br />

and when I can. This has allowed<br />

me space and clarity to refocus on<br />

the people and communities I love<br />

and on making things that spark<br />

imagination and bring joy.<br />

I carry a lot of sadness for the huge<br />

loss of life this virus has claimed,<br />

as I know we all do. And I have a<br />

lot of fears about economic change<br />

and what that means for us. It is a<br />

very challenging time to be a small<br />

business owner, and that weighs<br />

on me heavily. But the ways that I<br />

have seen people step up to support<br />

and care for each other gives me so<br />

much hope for our future. And I see<br />

so many beautiful opportunities for<br />

change.<br />

What have you been doing to pass<br />

your time in quarantine?<br />

I’ve just been creating a lot. And<br />

connecting <strong>with</strong> old friends. And<br />

going outside whenever I can.<br />

How has the situation affected your<br />

work?<br />

I have had to make some hard<br />

choices business-wise since<br />

lockdown. And it has been very<br />

difficult at times to let go of things –<br />

I’ve had to take a step back from one<br />

of my former business partnerships<br />

because I couldn’t keep my commitment to it during the<br />

lockdown. It was the right choice, but I am mourning the<br />

loss where I can. I am as well very concerned for the studio<br />

space I run <strong>with</strong> another partner as we have vacancies for<br />

the first time in about two years…and the future seems so<br />

uncertain.<br />

Amidst all this, I have been incredibly blessed by my online<br />

community though, which does offset the loss and worry<br />

considerably. My online store has been thriving in ways I<br />

never could have imagined. That gives me so much comfort<br />

and inspiration.<br />

I have stayed busy packing orders and thinking of new<br />

things to make! And so many folks have been so ready to<br />

help donate masks and make charitable contributions to the<br />

LA Regional Food Bank. It is so meaningful to be supported<br />

and to give support to others who need it.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

I do! And I honestly really enjoy it from start to finish.<br />

I get up <strong>with</strong>out an alarm (wow!) anywhere from 7 to 8:30<br />

and take my dogs for a nice little stroll in a mask, dodging<br />

other people on the street and trying really hard to smize.<br />

Then I feed the little buggers and make myself a nice real<br />

breakfast while I listen to NPR. I don’t start work until I<br />

have eaten and poured myself my second cup of coffee.<br />

Which I’ve perfected during lockdown. The key is horchata.<br />

Honestly if you aren’t using horchata as your creamer, start.<br />

I sit in the kitchen <strong>with</strong> my coffee and check emails and<br />

make a to-do list for the day. Usually, that involves some<br />

drawing and zoom meetings in the morning. I try and<br />

stay home until lunch so I don’t have to get food outside<br />

(yikes!) and then I head to the studio to pack orders or tour<br />

potential tenants or what have you. I take the pups <strong>with</strong> me<br />

because they love the grass in the neighbourhood.<br />

Then I come home to make dinner. I usually watch some<br />

insanely inane YouTube videos while I cook - like beauty<br />

drama chans or Tiki’s Tok compilations so I can keep up<br />

<strong>with</strong> the young people and their lingo and fashions. I’ve<br />

been eating a lot of ravioli - my current favourite is fig and<br />

mascarpone. Best served <strong>with</strong> butter and lightly sautéed<br />

veggies alongside a couple of huge asparagus. Come ON.<br />

Then I work a little more…probably pretend to draw but<br />

really just send voice memos to my friends. And at some<br />




point, I decide work is done and<br />

roll a cute little J and go smoke it<br />

in silence on my fire escape. Then<br />

maybe I take a bath, but I definitely<br />

watch a show about cults or true<br />

crime. And maybe my quarantine<br />

bae comes over, or maybe they<br />

don’t. I am in bed by 1 am. It’s<br />

all very mundane and lovely and<br />

quiet.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits<br />

come out of this situation for<br />

you?<br />

Absolutely. I have a new and<br />

deepened appreciation for<br />

everyone I love. My family, my<br />

friends, random strangers. And<br />

I am so much more inspired to<br />

create than I have been in years.<br />

And all the things I’ve let go of, while painful, have made<br />

space for me to do one thing at a time…well, sort of.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

I want to see radical change. I want to see all this energy<br />

and empathy and passion carry over into “normal” life.<br />

I know for me, I have a renewed sense of my mission here.<br />

And a renewed well of compassion and energy to make<br />

things that make an impact. I want to see that impact. I<br />

want to see ripple effects. I want to see the world get better<br />

and safer for everyone in it.<br />

I also want a fucking yard for my dogs.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

reesabobeesa.com<br />




Yermine<br />

Richardson<br />

Barcelona, Spain<br />

@Popcaribe<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

I’m doing great! Don’t get me wrong, I<br />

know what’s happening in the world, but<br />

I took this surreal moment to know more<br />

about myself — think how can I be a better<br />

person and better at my work, to expand<br />

my Caribbean galaxy, and connect <strong>with</strong><br />

people who work <strong>with</strong> different materials<br />

that made me see beyond my self-imposed<br />

limitations.<br />

collectors who realized they want something to make them smile in their<br />

house, something they love and will probably be part of their entire life.<br />

For a newcomer like me, that’s an F! honour.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

The end of poverty on our planet.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

DM my <strong>In</strong>stagram @popcaribe Or send me an email caribbeanpopart@<br />

gmail.com. But anyone can help all independent artists like me <strong>with</strong><br />

follows, shares, and likes!<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

I’ve been researching and experimenting<br />

to push the boundaries of my style:<br />

new formats and new materials to keep<br />

expanding the diversity of my work. I’m<br />

also making design objects <strong>with</strong> wood and<br />

ceramics and Glicée prints.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

It’s harder to get supplies but also a good<br />

opportunity to be more creative <strong>with</strong> the<br />

materials I have.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown<br />

routine?<br />

I try to not put limits on my days now: it’s<br />

a unique opportunity to not experience<br />

weeks and hours as they used to be.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of<br />

this situation for you?<br />

Yes! The importance of ART in the space<br />

you live in. I’ve been selling many pieces<br />

during the lockdown to many new young<br />







ggggrimes<br />

New York City,<br />

USA<br />

@ggggrimes<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been enforced worldwide, how are you<br />

feeling?<br />

I’m feeling a lot better these days than I was even three weeks ago. Being in isolation has<br />

made me examine a lot about myself and deal <strong>with</strong> some demons I was avoiding. It turns<br />

out being nice to yourself during a global pandemic is pretty necessary and worth working<br />

on. I’m scared for the world, for my friends and family, and for my community, but I’ve<br />

been doing my best to manage my anxiety through inner trauma work.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?<br />

I’ve been playing Animal Crossing, watching movies, learning how to mix cocktails,<br />

working projects that make me happy, and spending less time online. I’ve been doing a lot<br />

more than that, but I think that’s a pretty good summary.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I’ve been more strategic <strong>with</strong> making money. I’m doing all the same things I was doing<br />

last year, but the time frame is entirely different because of necessity. Projects that I<br />

would have done over a month last year I’m doing over a week. I have more sales, and I’m<br />

fortunate, but it’s a result of way more work than I’m used to. I’m feeling overwhelmed.<br />

People are online more often too, so more people are interacting <strong>with</strong> me than I’m used to.<br />

As an <strong>In</strong>stagram artist, my job involves so many different aspects that are all in overload<br />

right now because of how communication has changed since COVID hit western countries.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

My girlfriend and I always start the day having breakfast together. We have coffee and<br />

watch a TV show while eating, usually <strong>with</strong> our cat sitting right next to us on the couch.<br />

We have lunch together and dinner together, and we’ve been trying to have dessert too.<br />

Anything else we do in the day changes and is up to us, but it’s been so amazing sharing<br />

meals <strong>with</strong> my partner. I’m used to our breakfast routine, and it feels very natural and<br />

grounding.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

I wouldn’t call the positive things that are still happening benefits. I hope we can come out<br />

of this situation <strong>with</strong> social reforms that help people since our systems are clearly all the<br />

way fucked up, particularly in the US. I live in New York right now. It’s the only place I’ve<br />

lived in my life. I was born and raised here. It’s painful watching how things have become<br />

when living here was already a struggle for its poor residents. We can’t even get a rent<br />

freeze here. I’m glad for the people (including myself) who get to use this time to better<br />

themselves and pursue passions, but that’s not a benefit. More than anything, at least for<br />

me, it’s a way to cope <strong>with</strong> this reality.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

I wish that governments would take care of their people. I wish people would care about the<br />

safety of others more.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

My website is ggggrimes.com :)<br />







Ally Zlatar<br />

Glasgow, Scotland<br />

@allycardone<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

It’s been tough. Most days have blurred<br />

together and you realize it is already May.<br />

I think it is a difficult time, but trying to<br />

make the most of it and stay positive.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

A lot of research for my doctoral project<br />

and been taking part in a-couple<br />

residencies and artist initiatives. Other<br />

than that, I have been watching a lot of 90<br />

Day Fiancee.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I was originally going to have a lot of<br />

projects and exhibitions scheduled to<br />

commence this spring but they have been<br />

put on the back-burner for now, given the<br />

limitations and current situation.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

I have a 5 am start, followed by yoga and a quick workout. Then<br />

responding to copious amounts of email, followed by work. <strong>In</strong> the<br />

afternoons I love to go for a hike and unwind <strong>with</strong> some snacks<br />

and reality TV.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for<br />

you?<br />

Yes, I get to spend a lot of time <strong>with</strong> my partner and focus on selfreflection<br />

and personal development.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

What I hope is that things can change, but for the better. It has<br />

been truly enlightening and shows how much we can grow and<br />

endure globally. We can learn and now try to make the most of<br />

each day given being taken away from it for so long.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

Shop: https://society6.com/allyzlatar<br />

Learn More: https://ally.pb.studio/<br />







Alva Skog<br />

Stockholm,<br />

Sweden<br />

@alva.skog<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been<br />

enforced worldwide, how are you feeling?<br />

I’m feeling okay. I live in London but I went back to my<br />

family in Sweden before the lockdown and have been here<br />

since. I’m happy to be close to my mom, dad, sis, cat and<br />

dog.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?<br />

I have been watching a lot of TV-series like Devs, Hidden and<br />

the Loop, and I have been reading a lot of books like Picnic<br />

on Paradise by Joanna Russ and The Dispossessed by Ursula<br />

K. Le Guin.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I’ve been making a lot of personal work in response to<br />

the situation and this has kept me motivated and also has<br />

become a way for me to channel what I’m feeling.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

Not really. I’ve been biking a lot and taking long walks <strong>with</strong><br />

the dog.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for<br />

you?<br />

To be close to the family and not alone in quarantine in<br />

London. The situation has also given me some time to reflect<br />

on what I want to do in the future and where I want to live.<br />

Also, the fact that I haven’t seen or heard a single aeroplane.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

The work that doctors, nurses and health workers are doing<br />

right now is remarkable. I really hope people realize how<br />

important those working on the frontlines are to society<br />

as a whole, and that we will experience a shift in society’s<br />

view toward those who have had to continue working. I also<br />

hope that there will be less travel by plane and that we will<br />

become more environmentally friendly.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

At the moment you can only buy my sculpture at<br />

uniqueboard.com my printshop is unfortunately closed until<br />

further notice.<br />







jaik puppyteeth<br />

Vancouver, Canada<br />

@puppyteeth<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?<br />

I have been drawing a lot and renovating my studio.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I have been lucky to have people still supporting me by commissioning artwork and<br />

buying things on my site, so it hasn’t changed too much.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

No, I just wing it. Some days I feel lazy, some days I am motivated. It feels like I have<br />

fewer deadlines <strong>with</strong> other people not working, so I have to try extra hard to motivate<br />

myself to work sometimes.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

I feel like there aren’t any explicit benefits of this pandemic. I spent enough time <strong>with</strong> my<br />

thoughts before and now I have way too much self-reflection time.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

Wishfully thinking, that people will respect each other’s personal space more.<br />







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Cute Brute<br />

New York City, USA<br />

@thecutebrute<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

I’m doing alright — adapting, I guess?<br />

The world feels so day-to-day, but<br />

I’m both healthy and employed at the<br />

moment so I feel very grateful for that.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

I’m a bit of a workaholic by nature,<br />

so this self-isolation hasn’t disrupted<br />

me too much. If anything the lack of<br />

socializing has forced me to revisit some<br />

old projects, which excites me. But<br />

overall, I try to stay productive and that’s<br />

my coping mechanism. Drawing. Lots of<br />

cooking. Working out (just kidding! not at<br />

all). At the beginning of this, I told myself<br />

I would use this time to finally watch all<br />

of the high-brow cinematic masterpieces<br />

I’ve neglected over the years, but I<br />

still default to the comforting garbage<br />

television. There was also a hot moment<br />

when I got into diamond painting kits we<br />

had been gifted. One was a scary portrait<br />

of Santa and I quickly became obsessed.<br />

How has the situation affected your<br />

work?<br />

<strong>In</strong> addition to the Cute Brute, I have<br />

a full-time gig as an art director/toy<br />

designer and I’m balancing a couple<br />

of other side projects. Creatively, it’s a<br />

bit exhausting — especially when I’m<br />

stationed at the same workspace for 12+<br />

hours a day. <strong>In</strong> order to not burn out,<br />

I have to be more judicious <strong>with</strong> my<br />

creative practices. Weekdays are devoted<br />

to my job, evenings are for miscellaneous<br />

projects, and weekends / any other free<br />

moments are all about Cute Brute. That<br />

work is still my passion.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown<br />

routine?<br />

I usually wake up around 7 am, at which<br />

point I make coffee and my boyfriend<br />

and I spend quality time together before<br />

throwing ourselves into our workdays (he’s camped out in the living<br />

room, I have the bedroom office). If I can swing it, I’ll take a quick<br />

walk around the neighbourhood in the late evening to get a little fresh<br />

air and trick myself mentally into commuting. Showering is super<br />

important. <strong>In</strong> the early days of isolation, I was all about pyjamas, a<br />

decent T-Shirt and a quick run of my fingers through greasy hair. But<br />

now I need my daily cleansing rituals to keep me energized. That and<br />

pants <strong>with</strong>out elastic waistbands.<br />

From about 10 am to 6 pm I’m in full work mode. It’s a constant<br />

stream of video conferencing, reviewing the toy samples that are<br />

mailed daily to my apartment, and various designing/emailing.<br />

Most days I skip lunch, but I’m trying to get better about setting<br />

boundaries.<br />

Once the workday ends, I’ll try to make another errand to get out<br />

of the apartment. Like running to the corner store to pick up more<br />

cheese or vermouth. Or, if I’m too lazy for that, I’ll just start the<br />

cocktail hour. Because the days feel so draining, I need my nights to<br />

be super restorative, which translates to lots of cooking, bathing and<br />

bad TV. I also look forward to video hangouts <strong>with</strong> friends and family<br />

on those days when I haven’t had too many meetings. Around 11:30 pm<br />

or midnight, I’ll take an edible, courtesy of one of my best friends who<br />

makes outstanding weed candies. (SUPPORT SMALL BUSINESSES,<br />

FOLKS!) I read about 20 minutes of a trashy horror paperback and<br />

then fall into a deep, blissful sleep. Wake up. Repeat. However, this<br />

weekend my boyfriend and I are finally leaving the city. We’re driving<br />

10 hours to a secluded (and responsible) cabin getaway in which I plan<br />

on cutting off my hair, filling up my sketchbook and getting a tan.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

Well, for one, I haven’t had a cigarette in 2 months (and counting)<br />

which is a personal record. <strong>In</strong> a broader sense, I think this pandemic<br />

has absolutely redefined working culture. My hope, once we reach the<br />

other side of this, is that some of these practices may continue and<br />

will allow for a more flexible work/life balance.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

One of the things I personally miss most right now is travelling and as<br />

soon as it’s safe again to do so, I look forward to hopping on a plane<br />

and spending some significant time away from New York. We’ll get<br />

there. We just have to be safe about it.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

When I’m not exhibiting, I routinely sell prints through <strong>In</strong>stagram (at<br />

the moment I’ve pulled that information from my bio as my printer<br />

has temporarily ceased his operations, though this should be back up<br />

and running by midsummer). I keep meaning to set up a more official<br />

online shop, but I get a steady enough stream of purchases now and it<br />

feels easier to manage. Just DM me and I’ll make it happen.<br />







TOMA<br />

(Thomas Mondet)<br />

Montpellier, France<br />

@tomaillustrations<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

Like a random guy in a straitjacket,<br />

trapped between four walls but<br />

surprisingly appeased. My state of mind<br />

is very opposite since this quarantine and<br />

before that, I went from a super active<br />

partying guy always outside to an old chill<br />

granny <strong>with</strong> her cat, it’s enough to shake<br />

up my brain and question everything. You<br />

quickly feel ultra-small and helpless during<br />

this particular period. The best I can do is<br />

refocus on myself and share what makes<br />

me vibrate, my illustrations.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

I have been enormously productive<br />

through my lifelong passion during the<br />

quarantine. I tried to not lock myself in a<br />

circle of laziness, which would be rather<br />

easy. The past few months, before all of<br />

this, have been a bit chaotic personally<br />

and I have completely stopped drawing,<br />

unfortunately. So I had the opportunity to<br />

actively retake creating illustrations and<br />

I finally became a freelance illustrator.<br />

This period allowed me to reflect, to make<br />

a total introspection. Illustration is my<br />

future.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

Well, I started my activity, it’s funny that I<br />

needed a break all over the world to finally<br />

get the click. I exorcise a lot of things<br />

through my illustrations during this time<br />

who were buried in me. I draw what I<br />

know obviously, from my own experience.<br />

My art is a reflection of my feelings and<br />

my emotions. I’m not very strong to<br />

exteriorize, except in my art - which I use<br />

as a tool. It helps me <strong>with</strong> that. However, something seems a bit rusty<br />

since the quarantine, the poor things experienced right now seem to<br />

exhaust the inspiration a little bit. I lose my mojo <strong>with</strong> the lengthening<br />

period. I want to live something to soak it up, it’s a little frustrating.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

I feel like I’m in the movie “Groundhog Day” or “Westworld”, I live the<br />

same day in loop but less thrilling. Like most people (it’s not really<br />

original), it’s an opportunity to regain control mentally and physically<br />

as well, eat healthier, at least try and do some sports... It’s a completely<br />

different new lifestyle, where everyone has to adapt. Sometimes, I feel like<br />

I’m back in my teens, I’m looking for inspiration in movies, video games,<br />

songs and get back to basics. But this time, I’m an updating version of<br />

myself, more serene and confident <strong>with</strong> my creations.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

The feeling is a bit special and paradoxical, on one hand, I feel being in<br />

stasis, my life is on break. But on the other, having so much free time for<br />

myself, it’s like there are no more excuses to leave things behind. This is<br />

an opportunity to put in light abandoned projects, right? Even if it’s a bit<br />

hard on morale <strong>with</strong> loneliness and the sedentary lifestyle, it’s surprising<br />

how there were many positives emerging from all this.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

Don’t be a ridiculous tortured, cliché emo boy <strong>with</strong> his own inner fantasy<br />

in a corner alone. I hope my art speaks to some people, the different ones,<br />

those who are weird and sweet.<br />

This is an opportunity to open up to the world, and I’m ready. This period<br />

is like a good lesson for myself to get back in my path.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

I’m not selling my illustrations yet, maybe in the future!<br />

My art is strongly focused on symbolism, I explore some concepts like<br />

vulnerability, identity, repression and freedom. I can adapt easily my<br />

graphic style which turns out to be of sombre esotericism sometimes of<br />

a delicate melancholy or even of a childish mood. So you can come see<br />

me on my <strong>In</strong>stagram account and I will be happy to take your orders and<br />

realize your original and beautiful fantasies.<br />

I don’t bite, I’m sweet, I promise!<br />







Daria<br />

Coxranima<br />

Murmansk,<br />

Russia<br />

@electr.ophor.esis<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

<strong>In</strong> fact, it’s still difficult to put all the feelings together — the situation is really<br />

extraordinary. But what I really feel is like I’m in some kind of frustration, a<br />

misunderstanding of what is happening. I mean, everything that happens in the<br />

world now seems unreal. We usually write about it in books or make science<br />

fiction films, but it’s very difficult to get used to the fact that our society actually<br />

found itself in such conditions. I think this is a completely normal psychological<br />

reaction to stress. My brain is trying to defend itself and says to me, “this won’t<br />

happen to you!” [laughs] But, of course, I understand the danger and try to be<br />

responsible as much as possible.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?<br />

Now I don’t have the opportunity to do simple things: I can’t go to the pool, visit<br />

my relatives in another city, go out <strong>with</strong> friends or have a beer at the bar. At first,<br />

it was a little annoying, I even forgot that shops, for example, do not work. Just<br />

a week before lockdown, my pants were torn, and now I can’t buy new ones,<br />

because there is a pandemic and economic crises in the world — it’s so sad that<br />

it’s ridiculous. Besides doing my main job, I use the rest of my free time to slow<br />

down and doing what I really like and something I never had time for.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

Oh, you know, I can say that almost nothing has changed in my job because of<br />

the virus. The Russian government has made a special list of enterprises and<br />

professions that should continue their work. My main job is a lawyer so, I didn’t<br />

stop my activity and I still go to the office, fulfil my duties and move along the<br />

streets. But a couple of months ago, I seriously started developing my work as an<br />

illustrator, because this is exactly what I would like to do for the rest of my life.<br />

Unfortunately, at the moment this is not the best time for this as many publishers<br />

and customers simply cannot pay, they need to first save their business.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

As I said, I don’t have the opportunity to walk and enjoy the spring, so I use the<br />

road to work and home as a pleasant ritual during the period of general selfisolation.<br />

Once a week I call my therapist via video connection and we discuss my<br />

feelings and emotions. This helps a lot, not only during a pandemic. My boyfriend<br />

and I are trying at least sometimes to go out into the woods, into nature, to<br />

distract ourselves and take a walk. I also do all sorts of household chores, as it<br />

calms me down.<br />



Have any unexpected benefits come out<br />

of this situation for you?<br />

As in everything, in this situation,<br />

there are positive aspects. I have the<br />

opportunity to take a break from social<br />

interactions, from constant fuss and rush<br />

and everything around has slowed down.<br />

Now I understand exactly what I want<br />

to do and how to achieve this. I began to<br />

call my relatives and friends much more<br />

often, began to learn how to cook and<br />

pay more attention to the development<br />

of creativity. Now I have the opportunity<br />

to develop my blog, participate more<br />

in unpaid projects and replenish the<br />

portfolio <strong>with</strong> interesting artworks. I<br />

think I’m lucky — in this situation my<br />

office work allows me to focus on the<br />

development of drawing skills and<br />

the search for projects. The world is<br />

now a little frozen, and I have time and<br />

resources to sort out all the materials for<br />

the projects, draw for myself, hold a competition for free drawings,<br />

organize the portfolio and understand for myself in which creative<br />

direction I should go next.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

Despite all the bad that the virus brought us, the world began to change<br />

in a good way. It became clear that many industries can work online,<br />

and employees can have more free time for their personal lives and<br />

still be productive. I think that after overcoming the crisis it is very<br />

important to reformat working conditions. The virus showed how<br />

people can be mobile and self-organized. Musicians can give online<br />

concerts, a favourite coffee shop can deliver coffee to your home, and<br />

activists can hold a rally using Google maps. This is very cool and in the<br />

future, we need to move further in this direction. It seems to me that<br />

even when the virus disappears, we should try to save online options<br />

for those people who cannot or do not want to attend an event.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

I don’t have a store <strong>with</strong> my works yet, but you can always write<br />

me an e-mail if you need illustrations or pictures for your projects:<br />

coxranima@gmail.com. Also, you can support me on Patreon: https://<br />

www.patreon.com/coxranima<br />





Emma Weird<br />

Berlin, Germany<br />

@emma.weird<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been enforced worldwide, how are you<br />

feeling?<br />

As a firm optimist, I’m feeling quite hopeful, that this might be the beginning of a<br />

better world. Though I am still longing for spontaneous happenings, human touch and<br />

connection, sweaty dance floors.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?<br />

I’ve been painting, finding new ways of making art, spending time in nature, trying to<br />

secure an income, drinking wine at noon, connecting <strong>with</strong> friends near and far. I have also<br />

been studying, as this lockdown and all the free time has enabled me to finally get a high<br />

school diploma through online studies.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I’m used to working from my bedroom <strong>with</strong> a shoestring budget, so my work setup didn’t<br />

drastically change. I normally have IRL shoots for reference photos that I use for painting,<br />

but that hasn’t been possible since the lockdown. <strong>In</strong>stead, I’ve had friends send me nude<br />

selfies. I actually love working from these grainy smartphone selfies. At the moment I am<br />

painting friends from as far as Brazil and Pankow.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

I wake up at sunrise, paint, work out and the rest is up to how I feel each day. That’s the<br />

closest I can get to a routine. I’m highly intuitive and not a big fan of routines.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

It has been heartwarming to see so much solidarity in my surrounding communities during<br />

these times of uncertainty. With life slowing down so tremendously I have been able to<br />

reassess my life and what I want from it.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

I don’t wish everything goes “back to normal”. I wish for the abolition of oppressive<br />

systems, enhanced collective care of the most vulnerable, and global basic income.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

At emmaweird.wordpress.com, or via <strong>In</strong>stagram at @emma.weird<br />






Klaus Kremmerz<br />

Milan, Italy<br />

@klauskremmerz<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

I feel good, I think those who work in<br />

creativity take the lead in this situation.<br />

Personally I’ve always worked alone,<br />

the isolation, the work closed in a room,<br />

it’s normal for me. Of course, I miss the<br />

freedom to be able to go out <strong>with</strong>out<br />

precautions, <strong>with</strong>out a mask for example,<br />

but all in all two months is not that long if<br />

we were talking about a year it would be<br />

different.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

I work and I have a nice monthly<br />

collaboration <strong>with</strong> the Financial Times<br />

for the magazine “How To Spend It” so I<br />

make 4 images per month for them, one<br />

for each issue of the magazine. I have a<br />

monthly image also for GQ France, and<br />

other occasional projects, recently I worked<br />

for Men’s Health UK, I made an image for<br />

WeTransfer that was printed and given to<br />

employees in quarantine, and I just finished<br />

a series of images for Die Zeit.<br />

out properly. I’ve made a few sketches, we’ll see how it will go.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

The benefits will be mainly environmental, I think. I hope this<br />

situation pushes even more decisively on green investments. I have<br />

seen these days images of Venice <strong>with</strong> clear water, pink jellyfish<br />

swimming in transparency, I think this effect will be felt globally.<br />

Many cities are thinking of speeding up the reduction of traffic by<br />

favouring electric vehicles and pedestrian areas. <strong>In</strong> short, my hope<br />

is that we can actually take possession of a better world. so what I<br />

think also coincides <strong>with</strong> the hope of a better future.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

At the moment you can’t buy my prints, I haven’t organized yet,<br />

but LUMAS is a company that I like, if a proposal came from them<br />

I could consider it, I know they are based in Germany, maybe you<br />

can introduce me ;-)<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

Well, I’ve certainly had a decrease in<br />

orders, some projects are cancelled, others<br />

are postponed (which means probably<br />

cancelled). But I think we needed this<br />

moment of contraction <strong>with</strong> everyone. My<br />

clients at the moment are cautious, they<br />

prefer to cut what is not fundamental and<br />

this often means the images created ad hoc,<br />

it is understandable. I think however that<br />

everything will go back as before, even if we<br />

did not say when.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown<br />

routine?<br />

No, I don’t have a lockdown routine. My<br />

routine hasn’t changed much, let’s say I<br />

have more time than before to think about<br />

personal projects. There is, for example, a<br />

game for adults that I have in mind that I<br />

would like to make but it has to be thought<br />







postitpals<br />

Los Angeles, USA<br />

@postitpals<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

I feel good. I usually always feel good. I’m<br />

somewhat optimistic about the future and<br />

grateful that I’m able to paint and still<br />

continue making art during this time.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

I had been living in New York when the<br />

outbreak hit its peak. Things were getting a<br />

little too hairy for me so I decided to head<br />

home to be <strong>with</strong> my family in California. I<br />

spent 2 weeks self-isolated thinking about<br />

how to manoeuvre my career as an artist<br />

during this unique time when it seems<br />

the last thing on anybody’s mind is art.<br />

Ultimately I came up <strong>with</strong> a pretty simple<br />

decision: continue doing what I had always<br />

been doing. Not to slow down the painting,<br />

not to take a break, but to just keep on<br />

chugging along like I was in New York.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

So as I mentioned earlier, I was living<br />

in New York when this all started. I had<br />

actually moved to New York in January after<br />

deciding to make art my full-time pursuit.<br />

So there I was, being an “artist” in the big<br />

city. I had leased studio space in Brooklyn<br />

and was fully immersing my self <strong>with</strong> the<br />

art culture of New York. I was using my time<br />

in NY to develop my skills and fine-tune my<br />

style as a painter, the current medium I am<br />

making art <strong>with</strong>. Once the lockdown orders<br />

in March hit, all of that went out the window.<br />

My supply stores closed, studio visits were<br />

impossible, and riding the subway to get<br />

essentials every week was not something I<br />

intended to do. Not to mention, I was also<br />

living in my art studio at the time which<br />

shared a communal bathroom. My situation was not ideal, to say the least.<br />

I tried to ride out the storm for as long as I could, but ultimately I pulled the<br />

plug and moved back home to my parents’ house - a place I had not lived in<br />

since I moved out for college 6 years ago.<br />

Fortunately, my parents were happy to have me (once my self-quarantine<br />

ended) and I set up shop in their garage. I get my supplies mailed to me<br />

and it’s almost like I never left New York. I’m producing a steady amount of<br />

work and am very thankful for that.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

I’m not much of a routine person. Like many others, creativity hits me<br />

at random times of the day, which is my main source of energy to stay<br />

focussed or get things done, and that makes it hard to keep a routine. I<br />

usually wake up pretty late, around noon, and make a cup of coffee - those<br />

are two things that definitely happen every day.<br />

But every day is different. This week I’ve been building canvases, so there’s<br />

a lot of outdoor work, woodcutting, and canvas stretching. Next week will<br />

be a painting week.<br />

I try and get out of the house at least once a day, so I’ll take my bicycle for<br />

a stroll around the neighbourhood in which I grew up listening to music.<br />

The weather has been great, it’s very nice and peaceful. I’ve been thinking<br />

a lot about my childhood and how I can incorporate that into the work I<br />

produce out of this garage.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

I get a home-cooked meal every day - that’s the biggest benefit of living<br />

<strong>with</strong> your parents.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

On a sociological level, I hope we (as a people) learn from this. This has<br />

been a huge reality check for us all. I hope people understand that things<br />

can change in a second and that it can’t hurt to be a little prepared, to take<br />

care of ourselves, and to be better to one another.<br />

On a selfish level, I hope to see my friends soon. I’m looking forward to a<br />

reopened world full of concerts, art shows, birthdays, parties, you name it.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

Through <strong>In</strong>stagram. If you like what you see, shoot me a DM or email me at<br />

hi@postitpals.com for commissions.<br />







Social Isolation <strong>with</strong><br />


Photography, Creative Direction and words by Karl Slater @slaterkarl<br />

Artworks and Creative Direction by Molokid @molokid<br />

Model is Austin Sugar @austin_sugarrr<br />

Wardrobe HOMO London, Man Store, RUFSKIN, Moschino<br />



Slater and MOLOKID team up together again, this time working <strong>with</strong> London’s hottest queer pinup<br />

boy Austin Sugar. MOLOKID and Slater show the duality between cyber seduction, human<br />

observation and natural beauty, combining all elements to create this breathtaking series. Paying<br />

homage to our youth, while we waited patiently <strong>with</strong> a dial-up internet connection, homoerotic<br />

images slowly loaded on our screens. Glitches or elements misplaced or replaced <strong>with</strong> abstract<br />

elements, all while using Windows ‘98 as our parents slept one room away.<br />

Hey Molokid, tell us a little about yourself<br />

and the kind of artist that you are<br />

Hey! I’m a 37-year-old collage artist and<br />

graphic designer from Buenos Aires,<br />

Argentina. I have a fascination for pop<br />

culture, drag queens, pop music, trash<br />

celebrities, bizarre movies. Everything<br />

from a life in plastic!<br />

Now social isolation has become the new norm, talk<br />

us through a day in your COVID life<br />

Precisely speaking of this structure and flexibility, I<br />

try to make my days not all the same. It is very easy to<br />

enter a loop where every day is the same and there are<br />

no differences between morning, noon, and night. This<br />

is why I try to balance both structured and flexible<br />

days.<br />




I am very lucky to be able to<br />

continue working and that the<br />

work I do <strong>with</strong> collage I can do it<br />

from my home. But I do not allow<br />

this to consume all my day. I am<br />

looking for a variety of activities<br />

<strong>with</strong>in the possibilities that I have.<br />

At one point I find myself enjoying<br />

breakfast. Immediately afterwards<br />

I can work on some new series of<br />

collages and then, if the day allows<br />

it, enjoy a little sun and end the<br />

day <strong>with</strong> physical activity. The<br />

variety of activities allows me to<br />

not feel the burden of isolation so<br />

much.<br />

Have you used your work as escapism?<br />

Yes, yes, yes, yes I have. Like it or not, work is, was and will<br />

be for me a form of escapism. I really enjoy doing what I<br />

do, that is why I can spend hours and hours immersed in<br />

the new universe that I am creating. Thankfully, I don’t<br />

know if it’s because I’m more predisposed to create new<br />

pieces of art, or “more liberated” but I’m giving myself the<br />

opportunity to explore much more in collages.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this current<br />

situation for you?<br />

Despite all the bad aspects that we may be experiencing<br />

because of this epidemic, over time, I was able to rescue<br />

positive points. One of the first things I can think of is<br />

that I can spend a lot more time on artistic work than I do.<br />

But also, one of the positive aspects and I think that it is<br />

more enriching is that I was able to face many things that<br />


I had pending in my life. I also had the<br />

opportunity to value what I have. To be<br />

able to see how privileged we are in the<br />

place we occupy. And so we can also be<br />

more supportive of our community.<br />

Are you working on any new projects?<br />

Yes! Fortunately, many projects in which<br />

I did not have time to work, will have<br />

their time and place to be completed.<br />

For now, the workflow is very good. I am<br />

also working on an exhibition that I hope can be done very soon.<br />

If you could be a virus what would you do?<br />

I would like to be a type of virus that makes you dance when you<br />

listen to a pop song. And the dance would be nothing improvised.<br />

It would be a perfect choreography like Britney Spears or NSYNC.<br />

I would also like to see something fabulous when they analyse my<br />

composition under a microscope. I would like to have a holographic<br />

layer that changes colour depending on the person I attack. Of<br />

course, it would be a harmless virus and could be attacked <strong>with</strong> a<br />

simple pill.<br />


What was the last track you listened to?<br />

As I answer these questions I am listening<br />

to the new Charli XCX album, it is SO<br />

GOOD. A few days ago I was very obsessed<br />

<strong>with</strong> the new song by Kim Petras “Malibu”<br />

I love her, she is unique. I am also giving<br />

myself the opportunity to listen to new<br />

bands and songs and I am finding many<br />

interesting things. <strong>In</strong> a few days, the new<br />

album by Lady Gaga will be seeing the light and I can’t wait. I know it will<br />

be my new obsession! I can feel it.<br />

What are you currently obsessed <strong>with</strong>?<br />

Mmmmm ... Currently, I think I’m obsessed <strong>with</strong> skincare routines.<br />

I am also obsessed <strong>with</strong> the new music that is being released (I am<br />

a huge fan of music, it is a great and inspiring company). I’m also<br />

obsessed rewatching horror movies from the 1980s again.<br />


Alejandra Oviedo -<br />

Bogotá, Colombia<br />

@ruttu_ruttu<br />


Ruttu<br />


It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been<br />

enforced worldwide, how are you feeling?<br />

I’m lucky to have what I have so I don’t feel like it had<br />

affected me or my lifestyle too much, I’m used to staying<br />

at home most of the time and working here, but is not<br />

being able to visit my parents regularly is one of the<br />

things I miss the most, besides my dance partners.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in<br />

quarantine?<br />

Basically, drawing all day. I love it so it’s something I do<br />

all time even if it is not<br />

for commissions. I try to<br />

study and learn new stuff<br />

that helps me improve<br />

my skills; also trying to<br />

create pieces to keep<br />

others entertained at least<br />

for a couple of hours, I<br />

know this situation can be<br />

difficult for some people,<br />

so this can help them to<br />

cope <strong>with</strong> anxiety, or at<br />

least I hope it helps.<br />

How has the situation<br />

affected your work?<br />

Well, I certainly have had<br />

more commissions, and<br />

more audience during this<br />

situation, <strong>with</strong> everyone’<br />

on their phones, is<br />

natural not only for me<br />

but for everyone. With my<br />

store had been a little bit<br />

complex, postal services<br />

in most countries are<br />

not working as usual, so<br />

orders are taking longer<br />

to be delivered. Here in<br />

Colombia, all business<br />

closed, so it took me two<br />

weeks to print the stuff I<br />

needed to dispatch. I had<br />

to close my store for some<br />

time, but it will be back this week, now that I have all my<br />

products ready and fully stocked.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

I do have one but don’t follow it strictly every day.<br />

Regularly I wake up at 7, make breakfast for me and my<br />

daughter, then I clean the house, work out and take a<br />

bath, then we sit together and I work on commissions<br />

while she studies, make lunch and have a little break. <strong>In</strong><br />

the afternoon, keep drawing personal or custom projects,<br />

then I take a break to study, dance, or just rest, after that<br />

I get back to draw while watching a movie, we have a little<br />

snack and that’s all.<br />

When I have to go out, I try to do it in the morning, when I<br />

have to pack orders, it takes me a whole day. If I’m feeling<br />

like I need a rest just take A couple more hours than<br />

usual, but never do that two days in a row. It is more about<br />

listening to my body, and also demanding to myself.<br />

Have any unexpected<br />

benefits come out of this<br />

situation for you?<br />

Mainly, time to do the<br />

things how I want to<br />

do them, even if I’m<br />

used to staying home,<br />

this certainly deleted<br />

all pointless reasons to<br />

go outside, that means<br />

more time to organize<br />

my schedule and try<br />

to find the best way to<br />

complete all tasks in a<br />

way I feel comfortable<br />

<strong>with</strong>, reducing anxiety<br />

for the pending projects<br />

I postpone. Also, I have<br />

made lots of friends from<br />

other countries and time<br />

to connect <strong>with</strong> them,<br />

even if we are apart.<br />

What do you wish for the<br />

future?<br />

I wish that society finds<br />

a way to get over this<br />

situation of course. This<br />

proves that people can<br />

get the worst of others<br />

in each situation, but<br />

also there are lots of<br />

good people and its a<br />

majority. Colombia is a<br />

very unequal country and has a lot of corrupt politicians,<br />

which makes watching news an anxiety trigger, but also<br />

there’s a lot of people who are being solidary during these<br />

days and that’s what we need the most, not only during<br />

the pandemic.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

I have an Etsy Store, is https://www.etsy.com/shop/ruttu<br />

for commissions I get projects via email.<br />





Mark Wardel<br />

AKA TradeMark<br />

London, UK<br />

@mark_wardel<br />

It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide, how<br />

are you feeling?<br />

As someone who works pretty much alone,<br />

self-isolation is not, in truth very different<br />

from my usual state so it’s not affecting me<br />

as badly as it is others. What I do hate is that<br />

I can’t go anywhere, London is basically<br />

boarded up and I miss hanging out in Soho<br />

<strong>with</strong> friends.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time<br />

in quarantine?<br />

From the start I decided to use the situation<br />

to get down to a lot of projects I’d been<br />

meaning to start, to keep busy and not think<br />

too heavily about the new reality we are<br />

currently imprisoned in. For the first few<br />

weeks, I produced a new drawing each day,<br />

I’m also working on a book/art project and<br />

have several commissions for portraits and<br />

paintings. Aside from this and to try to ease<br />

some of the boredom of my Facebook friends<br />

I have been running weekly ‘corona colouring<br />

competitions’ in which I post a line drawing which they colour in and the<br />

winner gets to own the original.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I find that <strong>with</strong> fewer distractions I’m more productive than usual.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

No, I’m not that organised but I do work every day 7 days a week for at least<br />

part of the day I keep meaning to start an exercise routine as I’m missing the<br />

gym but so far this hasn’t happened.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

Yes, the lack of distractions, extra time to use, far less pollution (for the first<br />

time I can remember, the air in London is fresh!) and importantly a lot of time<br />

to consider how we as a society have been living and think about new ways.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

I’d like to see the world/society re-balanced but <strong>with</strong> the current ‘powers that<br />

be’ I’m not optimistic.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

My online store TrashDNA.com is currently closed because of the lockdown<br />

but I am about to start putting some work for sale on <strong>In</strong>stagram also I can be<br />

contacted through my website www.trademarkart.com.<br />







Barbara Moura<br />

Vienna, Austria<br />

@b_moura<br />



It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has<br />

been enforced worldwide, how are you feeling?<br />

Quite a bit better now but still feeling the<br />

uncertainty.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your time in<br />

quarantine?<br />

I think for most of the beginning of this lockdown/<br />

isolation I was oscillating between anxious and<br />

depressive thoughts and found it very hard to<br />

be productive and that my hands were quite tied<br />

up. It was very hard to dive into creative mode<br />

again. I think social media pressure really didn’t<br />

help, and as much as I think it’s nice to see people<br />

baking bread, finally organising their underwear<br />

drawers and promoting quarantine as a blessing for<br />

productivity, for most of us just to be able to cope<br />

<strong>with</strong> the scenario is enough, and this was quite hard<br />

for me to accept, but was also really lucky to have a<br />

partner during the whole thing.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

It was quite drastic, I lost my side job and was not<br />

able to go to the studio for over a month,<br />

so I had to find new alternatives to produce work.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

Trying to wake up early, have a lot of coffee, write<br />

a list and try to plan my day as normal as possible,<br />

and always trying to keep entertained <strong>with</strong> tasks,<br />

one after the other, be it bureaucracy stuff, a bit of<br />

work, looking for online opportunities and later on<br />

back to drawing/painting finally. But I also tried to<br />

have a good time, cook good food, enjoy the little<br />

things and definitely avoid the news.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this<br />

situation for you?<br />

I think in my case it put a lot of things into<br />

perspective, especially about dedicating myself<br />

completely to my artistic practice and not go back<br />

to other jobs just by fear of failing, but money is a<br />

bitch we all need. I was also lucky that my partner<br />

is a great graphic designer so we finally made me a<br />

new beautiful website.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

That the art world can function again, I think selfemployed<br />

artists were definitely very affected, there<br />

is very little economic support for different types of<br />

artists and galleries who are not super successful<br />

and for the people who have associations or spaces<br />

and art events, so I really hope this situation will<br />

be addressed better or at least that most of this<br />

affected places can survive in post-corona so artists<br />

can still show. But apart from that, I think just wish<br />

the same as everyone, for the invisible enemy to be<br />

gone.<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

www.kunstabhinterhof.at/artist/barbara-moura/<br />

www.mymuseum.co/<br />

artworks?name=&artist=Barbara+Moura<br />





Ole Paland<br />

Berlin, Germany<br />

@ore_ore_ore_<br />


It’s been almost 2 months since selfisolation<br />

has been enforced worldwide,<br />

how are you feeling?<br />

I’m doing ok. I’m still not used to the whole<br />

situation though. It’s funny to me how<br />

much<br />

I missed meeting people during those<br />

past months because I usually am a pretty<br />

reserved person who doesn’t go out that<br />

often. But not being able to meet my<br />

friends in person really showed me how<br />

important that stuff is to me.<br />

What have you been doing to pass your<br />

time in quarantine?<br />

Mostly I’ve been working and sleeping a<br />

lot. Got my sleeping rhythm all mixed up.<br />

It’s been a few videocall-heavy months.<br />

But I appreciate how fast people find ways<br />

to adapt to the situation. Playing D&D,<br />

watching movies together, even celebrating<br />

birthdays over a zoom call was certainly a<br />

fun experience but there is just so much<br />

that you can do to simulate the real thing.<br />

How has the situation affected your work?<br />

I certainly had a tonne of time to think<br />

about what I do, what I wanna do and how I want my work to develop in<br />

the future. Reflecting on myself has really influenced my way of working.<br />

I really want to work more conceptionally and wish to improve on the<br />

possibility to tell a unique and interesting story through a single image.<br />

Do you have a day-to-day lockdown routine?<br />

Not really. It’s really hard for me to develop a routine for anything if I<br />

don’t somehow get pushed to do so. And even though I think routines are<br />

very essential for productivity and happiness, I work best <strong>with</strong> a loose set<br />

of rules as long as stuff gets done by the end of the week.<br />

Have any unexpected benefits come out of this situation for you?<br />

I’ve been taking pretty long walks recently so that’s a plus. I also<br />

appreciate how people get together by sharing this fate. It’s really<br />

interesting how this time is challenging all of us to adapt and rise to the<br />

occasion. Something to tell your kids about once this is over.<br />

What do you wish for the future?<br />

I have a couple of bigger projects planned out for the future but until then<br />

I just want to go on and create. There is still so much I have to improve<br />

upon and I am thankful for having a platform to share my progress and<br />

experiences!<br />

Where can we buy your art?<br />

Sadly, you won’t be able to buy my work during this time because I have<br />

no way to ship it out to you due to the pandemic. But as soon as that<br />

changes, you can visit ore-ore-ore.com for merch, prints and more.<br />






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