I know that I am experiencing a very privileged lockdown; able to work at home with my family around me. Over the weeks and whilst (virtually) teaching my regular as well as new students, I have wondered over and again about my artistic response to this situation. And while I know this pandemic has been and continues to be a dark experience for many, I've struggled to find an authentic way of expressing my own experience of it. As preparation for some of the online art videos that I have been producing with my artist friend and mentor Aine Divine, I began making drawings 'from room to room' and observing the beautiful sunshine as it breaks into our home. The warmth and often surprising bursts of light appearing across carpets and furniture, glimpsed through half open doors, really moved me and seemed to be a good metaphor for the silver linings of family and home (that at least some of us are experiencing). So here are a few initial sketches and studies combining poses by Ruth with sunlit interiors - visions of hope in challenging times.
Damian Callan is a practising figurative artist and tutor based in Edinburgh.