Cas Holmes

What Next?


The ‘New Different’ exhibiting and sharing in the virtual world

The internet gives us access to all the art we could possibly want to see. But it cannot replace the visceral experience of coming face to face with an artwork. That suckerpunch of being hit by a painting just can’t happen via a computer or phone screen. Every submission I opened on my email led to an exclamation of ‘oh wow!’ but I know that seeing these pieces in real life would be an immeasurably more intense experience.

– Felicity Griffin Clark, expresses her engagement with new works she has seen as part of her virtual exhibition  ‘Art Under Lockdown’ , Rome 2020

Over the last few months, I like so many creatives have seen my work plans and projects put on hold or cancelled alongside most of my income. So much of what I do involved people in real places doing real things. I learnt to adapt. Led some projects to engage as part of the virtual world, continued to teach my Friday drawing class with Adult Education on line. As the weeks passed, I focused on recording my response, writing and developing new work. This engagement moved on-line as I raised the question about the Things We Value and the Things We Miss’ . 

Exhibitions moved to a virtual platform as we became used to the ‘New Normal’ which I prefer to call the ‘New Different’ and even attended an opening of an exhibition I have been involved with,  For the Love of Gaia,…at the International Quilt Museum,  Nebraska

Creative people as part of the freelance work are used to uncertainty, so maybe had skills sets that allow them to adapt more readily to the changes the pandemic brought in its wake. What is more challenging and scary in the months and years ahead is working out how this once thriving industry moves forward and what our place in it will be.

As we enter into the Summer, the human world is waking up. The quietness I became used to as I went out on my bicycle has gone from the roads and the park as people make the most of the weather. So much of what we took for granted had been removed from our lives for a while and we learned to do things differently and we were all doing it at the same time. Whilst I find myself saddened by the loss of human connection in the physical world I equally discovered no small gratitude for this quiet time and will mourn its passing if not its uncertainty. Least of all, the world we share has had a small respite from all that we do as we live, travel and work across its surface.

A brave new world of change?…lets hopes so.