The pandemic of the Covid-19 coronavirus will have disrupted the entire planet. The cultural sector has suffered greatly as a result of the cancellation of several festivities and shows, or the closing of cultural buildings. But let us not forget the art sector! Although the subject seems to be unnoticed, the impact of confinement on our artists is far from invisible, and for sure, it is the principal means of subsistence that is affected. On the other hand, it is the ideal time to focus on their project and to take the time to guide them through this period.
Local artists and artisans represent our values, our identity, our history and our communities. It is easy to forget because they often work in the shadows. Their works are found on the shelves of our shops and are often bought without taking the time to know the artist. Their works are found on our shelves or our walls and our guests, frequently, pass through without knowing the author of these works. However, under every work there is an artist or craftsman who, often without knowledge, occupies a great place in our communities.
Containment has forced millions of people into their homes, also forcing a large number of trade recognised as non-essential to close their doors temporarily. This includes art galleries, exhibition centres, tourist shops, local markets and many others. What some people forget is that for many artists, it is their income that is affected. Although intense emotions often take place at moments of pure inspiration, it is a real blockage for some.
In other situations, the confinement stifled the inspiration of the artists who found it outside. This is the case of an artist, partner with So-Local, Michèle Andrée Lemieux. She is usually inspired by musicians at work to paint her canvases. Of course, she can no longer really do that and entrusted me with this; " I miss my muses a lot. I force myself to paint, but the heart is not, nor energy." Being locked up can be very stifling for artists who are inspired by what they discover. Whether it's new faces, new landscapes or new sensations and emotions, the inspiration often comes more easily as a result of various discoveries.
On a more positive note, the confinement will also have allowed other artists and artisans to focus on their arts. Lack of time is often a problem, being with oneself and having to furnish time in a variety of ways, has allowed several people to embark on artistic and craft projects or simply take the time to continue, refine or even finish them. By taking a turn on social media platforms, it is nice to see that so many people took the time to let the inspiration guide them through this pandemic. Many people, understanding that life does not revolve around " Subway-job-dodo ", decided to discover new passions and connect with their artistic facet leaving room for an impressive emergence of talents once buried by the daily.
The goal is to advance our local artists and artisans, and with this challenge, it is more important than ever to be aware of their presence and importance, and to support them.
Finally, the containment will have had a major impact on the artists and artisans of our communities. Some people who live it more easily than others, the pandemic will certainly have taught us things about ourselves and others.