I am currently self-isolating for twelve weeks as my Dr has said I am in the high risk category. In my home, we have all had to make adaptions to adjust to this pandemic, although, at least, currently, we are all well. I’ve been recalling many of the good words our dear friend and talented artist Carolyn Hall Young shared with us, not least ‘in any given situation we can always choose, hope over fear‘ – let’s all choose hope.
I am aware there are many others also in a similar situation at the moment and I felt it would be a good idea to create an interview, reflecting these times with stunning imagery. This is a new series of interview with mobile photographers and artists discovering what they’re creating and how in these difficult times. Our second interview is with Award winning mobile photographer, Sarah Bichachi.
Sarah Bichachi’s art underlines the concept of the impermanence of life – one of her main sources of inspiration. The processes of genesis, metamorphosis and inevitable disappearance, as well as the symbolic correspondences between earth and body, are her starting points. Bichachi’s photographs offer great poetic beauty brought together in a superbly elegant and enigmatic way that compels a shiver of aesthetic pleasure and fear. Bichachi is a cancer survivor and each piece of art embodies her courage, resourcefulness, physical toughness, talent and relish. Her art is a springboard for a tremendously charismatic and muscular outstanding performance, brilliantly crafted and deliciously entertaining – a metaphor for the fleetingness of life. “True success radiates love, compassion… a sense of well being and a feeling of accomplishment not only for the body, but for the soul as well”, she once confided to me. Enjoy!
If you are social distancing or social isolating at this time, are you using any additional time you may have to create mobile digital art or photography?
Self quarantine surely gives me more time to create my stuff… which I always love to indulge in. Funny… (or is it selfish?) that I feel like it’s a very good opportunity for me not to worry about waking up early to go to work… get my Ipencil and iPad instead… and dive into my imagination for as long as I want. How odd can it be that I feel a strange sense of freedom in confinement under global crisis….???
If so, have you noticed the style of art that you’re creating changing from what you would normally create?
Since my creations are reflections of my perception of reality, I notice I am looking for other ways that I can express my current state of mind which is quiet different from my usual creative mode since this crisis is generating emotions that I haven’t yet experienced. I even came to realize that this crisis we are in today is way worse than what I went through fighting cancer!
If yes, to the above, can you explain how your art has changed?
The uncertainty of the future due to the lack of knowledge we have regarding this newly evolving virus has led me to use more brushes and apps I haven’t tried before… just so I can paint what I visualize in my mind.
Have you found additional inspiration to create at this time?
The dark cloud that seem to be hanging over us… the fear and widespread panic growing among us… the lessons mankind has learned (if we have truly learned from this adversity) that will improve humanity and it’s dealings with Mother Nature… the compassion and care for our families and community…these are just a few ideas added to my list of inspiration for creating art.
Is creating mobile digital art/photography, helping you at this time specially, how and why?
Definitely yes! Creating mobile digital art has always been my form of meditation… an ecstatic, productive and therapeutic process of communion with my self and the Universe. It makes me aware of reality and my own responses to events arising as each day unfolds. It also keeps me strong emotionally and spiritually… enhancing my capacity to deal with difficult situations such as what we are having now… the COVID-20 outbreak and economic fall out.
Do you feel that sharing mobile art/photography at this time is spreading a unity of peace?
I believe that sharing, be it positive or negative, always bring a sense of connectivity that gives comfort and eases the pang of fear and anxiety. It tells us we are not alone. Dark expressions releases the angst from the inside… makes us appreciate and give value to the glimmering stars of hope, of faith, of beauty and love amidst the dark sky. Bright ones uplifts the spirit… the awe it brings outshining all those negative emotions that drag us down. Sharing creates the eye in a storm, a peaceful haven of quiet, peace and beauty… blurring the whirling chaos surrounding us… a point of unity manifested through art.
Anything else you would personally like to add?
I would like to extend my most sincere gratitude to Joanne Carter for giving the chance to speak my mind. In this most crucial time of our lives, let our creativity instill awareness and comfort to a world drowning in fear of the unknown. Let us accept what is, dealing with circumstances as they come with proper response to this threat through credible organizations and experts. I wish us all strength to cope with this dire circumstance we are in… love and light… and safety.
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