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Lives of artists during coronavirus pandemic


Whenever we find ourselves in the feeling of joy or despair, we tend to turn towards our favourite art forms. Be it music, paintings, or movies; we have found our solace in them. However, have we thought about how the artists are surviving during the pandemic? Northeastern has reached out to many mural artists who have contributed their arts in different parts of the world as well as in the Northeastern campus to know about their quarantine story.


Silvia López Chavez shared her first-hand experience of the effects of the pandemic on the U.S. economy. Most of the artists faced unemployment or experienced loss of income due to the economic disruption. She contributed her mural art on Northeastern’s Boston campus, outside Ruggles Station in 2019. Though López worked tirelessly to bring her daily bread, she also found ample opportunity to think about her art. She emphasises the importance of public art as it can bring joy to the people during this difficult time. She is also keen to explore the virtual world of art.  López looks forward to interacting with more people through their phones or computers.


Another muralist Katy Ann Gilmore felt a sense of restlessness due to the sudden changes around her. It made her put a pause on her creative mode. Katy, who painted a hypnotic mural on the Boston campus in 2019, recharged herself with daily walks. She also connected with her loved ones. It helped her to create again. She used the platform of Instagram to sustain herself by selling small pieces of optical illusions and notebook sketches.


One half of the German street art duo Quintessenz and Tomislav Topic had mentioned his primary days in his career. He relished the time to experiment without having to respond to a flow of emails. In this quarantine, Topic has been working on an installation for Beijing.


Though the virtual world has helped the artists in connecting and sustaining themselves, they look forward to travelling the world. Moreover, they want to engage in creating art for public eyes.


Rubena Bose