Emerging hesitantly back into society after lockdown, I have been busy talking with art world mentors to find out what we are all navigating in the ‘new normal’.
Guilt is a subtle thing which has been creeping into our daily interactions. Am I too close to this person? Should I have bought so many toilet rolls? Should I have held the door open for that elderly person or kept my distance? During the impending recession guilt is also present in our new normal especially for those with so much more on their plate such as juggling homeschooling and work.
It occurred to me that freelancers and creatives have a similar struggle when trying to objectively evaluate their own work whilst ignoring any niggling voice of unfair self-judgement. So I have been getting insight from creatives, entrepreneurs and art competition judges to see if there is a connection between professional evaluation and our own self-judgement rituals. In this video you step inside my art studio to see the sketches and doodles of my own guilty mind, some yoga demonstrations from my lockdown art studio assistants (aka cats), and hear a rare interview with professional art competition judge Daryl Goh about understanding objectivity and bias.
Daryl Goh is an award-winning entrepreneur, art innovator and tech artist. He is a nominator and judge for several prominent art prizes and lectures at the Nanyang Polytechnic School of Interactive & Digital Media in Singapore.
Image © Nicola Anthony, The Flow of Time, 2017
Nicola Anthony is a British artist known for her public art around the world. Her text sculptures are made of metal, words, memories and narratives. She has worked internationally with NGOs, art institutions, public spaces and cultural research bodies to create art which tells the stories that are often left unspoken.