• Naseem Syed

‘Deathly Touch’ by Laura Cordell (Nudity Warning)

I’m 20 years old and have a massive interest in the arts. My art work is usually produced by either print making or drawing. I love expressive art and abstract pieces. I've been studying art since I can remember its always been a huge part of my life.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

I wouldn't say lockdown has changed me. I feel less connected with people more than I did already however a lot has happened this year and I feel that I’ve achieved more and grew more while adapting to the lockdown rules.

What made you smile or brought you joy in lockdown? Can you explain it?

My biggest joy this year was during lockdown was moving to Wales to start university. The feeling of finally being free and developing my artistic skills, it's a whole new life and I can now live my life enjoying the arts, learning and being independent.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

No not really but I do feel like it's given me a new outlook on the types of ways I work. like I feel like I’ve learnt a new way of thinking and producing work, I guess it's a way of exploring new methods.

What is the story behind your hand art?

I’m really interested in dark and dingy art. Tim burton type designs and his films are my favourite. I’m also really interested in studio Ghibli. Its a style you can not miss its very recognisable. Therefore I decided to work in this style to produce my piece "deathly touch" as when I think about hands they are what we use daily. And hands are a way of communicating, soothing, caring, love and pain they can also show who we are through a fingerprint. We would have hugged or greeted one another but now we can not do that due to lockdown which now are hands and body are seen as deadly and deathly. That’s why I wanted to do a self portrait in a Tim burton style of myself being this object of death and fear we have if we catch corona virus and that’s why the hands are large and sinister like because now its something we avoid rather than connect with.

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