Are you looking for insight on how to keep your motivation alive during the current global pandemic? This article is meant to give an inside perspective on how artists are approaching creative challenges and how we can learn from their experiences. We interviewed Shaghayegh Tafzali, Arian Saravi and Annamaria Johansson to share their own thoughts, challenges and advice as working artists in the midst of COVID-19:
How do you keep yourself artistically inspired during the pandemic?
We know the pandemic will leave a lasting impact in its wake. As we look beyond the immediate emergency – return to work, deal with the impact on our businesses, embrace new technology and adapt to new circumstances – it’s vital that we understand how the world might change and the way innovations will shape our lives in the future. For me, it’s been an unusual time where I’ve had time to do things I wouldn’t normally have time for. For example, I’ve started cooking and it’s actually been a creative inspiration for me because you get to see art from a different aspect.
After COVID-19 began, I started painting again because painting always calms me down. Sometimes nature inspires me, sometimes images that I see in virtual networks. Business wise, the pandemic doesn’t have a lot of effect on my work because my art is sold online.
This period of time has been the best time for me to reconnect with my truest self and to focus. For me, this time has been an opportunity to connect with my dream and what I want to do in my life. Painting itself has been very inspiring for me, I feel blessed to have so much time to paint and focus on my business. A pandemic is challenging in many ways but I choose to see it as an opportunity to pursue my passion and serve people with my purpose.
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We learn that it’s a fantastic opportunity to work with an online art gallery like Gallerima in a world that grows increasingly attached to virtual networking. The pandemic hasn’t limited our artists’ work but expanded its reach to customers seeking beautiful art all over the world.
Learn some tips on how to sell art online as an artist or what to think about when buying art online as a collector
What has been your biggest challenge as an artist due to the pandemic, and what’s your approach?
As the virus continues to spread, we anticipate the art world to continue to be influenced by this new reality – and to adjust and respond accordingly. So basically, the biggest challenge as an artist due to the pandemic is the work itself, it’s a time right now where you have to digitize your work on a level that you didn’t have to before the pandemic. The pandemic is affecting large gatherings of people, gallery operations, art fairs, public auctions and museum exhibitions so it’s difficult to showcase your work.
One thing though that I’ve managed to approach is ‘’virtual’’ viewing rooms where you can view the artworks online and in light of these challenges, this was an uptick of a creative response in the best way possible. I believe that the best way to approach the challenges as an artist due to the pandemic is to find new creative solutions around their art and possibly do things that they usually wouldn’t do. Because at the end of the day, it’s a new era.
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The world is changing, and as an artist Arian has chosen to move in alignment with the current changes and in the direction of new growth. Being one with the times requires a flexibility and willingness to let go of expectations in exchange for creative exploration of different possibilities. Art lives off change and the courage to go confront it.
What are some tips you can give to other artists?
It’s incredibly important to understand that you’re here for a purpose. We all have a unique voice and brand. Speak that. Don’t hide or try to manipulate it. It’s the uniqueness in us that this world needs. You have what it takes. Keep shining, always.
Someone who’s an artist may sometimes run away because of fear of being ignored or ridiculed by others; but my advice to artists is not to care about others and be what your heart says. My personal interest is mostly in traditional Iranian art, mosaic tile paintings and gliding; paintings that are very delicate and full of work. However, I’ve always wanted to try different styles of painting to test myself, virtual networks have been very useful and I’ve been able to learn from other artists.
Experiment, try new things or just go with the flow and create art because you like it, regardless of the result. One of the biggest challenges for new artists is that the artwork does not look like what you thought. How our imagination sees the last paragraph often differs greatly from the results. Do not be discouraged if the work takes a different turn in performance and comes out differently. It takes a lot of practice to be able to reproduce specific effects. Keep creating and remember the most important thing: in art, the fun is in the journey, not the destination. Enjoy every step, even the mistakes, because they teach you a lot.
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Find your essence as an artist, but understand that it’s a process that comes with trials. Annamaria reminds us to embrace the quality within us which marks our individuality, while Shaghayegh builds on the idea that individuality and knowing one’s speciality shouldn’t stop us from connecting with different art worlds either.
More tips on how to find inspiration as an artist
Thank you to our very talented artists who joined this valuable conversation with amazing insights and advice. For more content from an artist’s perspective, read our article about personal love stories between artists and art. Keep an eye out for more inspiring content on Gallerima Magazine and browse the website to explore our gorgeous collection of artwork!