Albany artist creates works inspired by pandemic and the series is now on show

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A Conspiracy of Covids.
Camera IconA Conspiracy of Covids. Credit: Liane Shavian/Liane Shavian

The unprecedented past three months have inspired an Albany artist in a way she and others could never have imagined pre-pandemic.

Liane Shavian has launched her new exhibition Going Viral: Art in the Time of Corona, with art that interprets how the lockdown period has felt throughout its various stages.

Ms Shavian went into lockdown on March 14 and as a member of the vulnerable age group, she followed strict COVID-19 self-isolation guidelines.

What arose from her time in isolation is a series of works that might resonate with many.

She said she took the opportunity, during a frightening period for the arts industry, to create a collection that documents society’s attitudes.

Lockdown.
Camera IconLockdown. Credit: Liane Shavian/Liane Shavian

“Not one to sit around idly twiddling my palette knife, waiting for ‘the virus’ to get me, I ordered in heaps of blank canvases and vibrant acrylic paint and energetically set out to make sense of the unprecedented historical hysteria-inducing pandemic raging its way throughout the planet,” she said.

“An abstract artist who paints thoughts and feelings, I have created a beautiful new collection of emotive abstracts that embody our evolving feelings and attitudes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I have named my new collection as it is as the works evoke our collective mindset during this scary time — fear and uncertainty, high anxiety, tentative hope, and heightened awareness of the pressing needs of the tribal connectivity that is in our human DNA.”

During lockdown, she would wake at 5am to catch the early news. The watchword of the day became the theme of each painting.

Fogo.
Camera IconFogo. Credit: Liane Shavian/Liane Shavian

Seeing Chinese authorities in Wuhan welding their citizens into their apartment blocks with blue-green fences inspired the first painting in her emotive history of the COVID-19 pandemic — Lockdown.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent addresses to the nation inspired her pieces Bouncing Back and The Hard Road Ahead.

The last in the series, A Conspiracy of COVIDs, depicts the virus in a party mood.

Going Viral: Art in the Time of Corona is on show at Gallery 500.

Bouncing Back.
Camera IconBouncing Back. Credit: Liane Shavian

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