A Year Ago
16 x 20 inches
Oil on canvas
"Lockdown has allowed me to explore themes within my work I would have otherwise overlooked. This fall my work revolved around the theme of passing time and incorporating multiple scenes within one to reflect the synchronicity and repetition that comes with waiting for this period to be over. This second lockdown has felt much more numbing. The task of conceptualizing work felt daunting and laborious. My bandwidth for creating new ideas got much smaller and I found myself making work that felt forced. What felt most natural to me was to simplify. I gravitated towards revisiting times during the pandemic when I felt calm. Because all these scenes were lived within this period, it gave me a sense of achievement that contentment can be reached within the turbulence. This body of work is about regaining balance. Instead of creating work to memorialize how chaotic these times are, I wanted this work to contemplate the space in between. Moments of peace in between boredom and anxiety."
View more original paintings by Alison Kruse