It’s one thing to present your art honestly to the world, it’s quite another to turn that gaze on yourself. We live in the age of the ‘selfie,’ where reality can be pushed through endless filters until every hint of vulnerability is erased. In this show, all filters are removed as each artist presents an artwork that gives the viewer a glimpse of their authentic self.
We've had to spend time with ourselves during lockdown, being in one space for a long period of time, forcing us to self reflect, to uncover, discover and explore new ways of expressing ourselves. This exhibition is about the Self, the resilient self.
There’s little normal about the ’new normal’. What seemed important in March maybe doesn’t seem so vital now. What was taken for granted is now recognised and valued.
In this show, members of the 'The Artists Pool' give a personal response to finding their lives turned upside down by lockdown. When the rushing abruptly ceased, all routines fell out of the window and living in the present became the only option, what assumed value? Combining new ideas developed during the lockdown with older works that resonate once more, this diverse and intriguing exhibition encourages the viewer to explore their own response and contemplate the losses and precious moments that form their own experience of these extraordinary times.