• Naseem Syed

‘F*ck C*vid’ by Jay Hart (Graphic Language Warning)


I'm from the Creative and Therapeutic Arts course at USW

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

Yes. In some ways it's made me much more patient and understanding, I can wait in queues much better, I can understand delays and cancellations much better too. On the other hand it's made my tolerance for people ignoring rules and guidelines much smaller.

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

There hasn't been much, but seeing how all kinds of different communities are adapting to online format has been really heartwarming, and I've loved connecting with so many more people online.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

As above, my patience in some situations has increased, but has decreased in other areas. It's all about the context for me now; are you doing what you can to follow the rules and guidance? Great, we can be friends. Are you claiming it's a conspiracy theory and protesting the use of masks? Get out of my sight!

What is the story behind your hand art?

I think it's what everyone's thinking. It is as direct and abrupt as I can be sometimes. It's the frustration around the whole situation manifest into one piece. I wanted to focus on the positives and make something lovely and inspiring, but I feel like a lot of other artists are already doing that, and not many are expressing frustration or discontent with it all. Of course the art had to be digital, because of the huge emphasis on adapting to distance working and digital working.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Image two is an alternative version with a less overtly angry theme. It aims to capture the 'elements' of lockdown. C is the houseplants that are all thriving with their owners devout attention and the nature we're all craving so badly whilst being stuck indoors. O is the anger, the stormy attitudes of people in public and in private. V is the obsession with watching the news, the way we feel we're entitled to know everyone's story and look in on each other's lives. I is the haircuts, or lack thereof, that occurred during lockdown, the obligatory 'lockdown haircut selfie' and the 'don't judge I did it myself' tagline. D is the metaphoric barbed wire across all our front doors, keeping us in and away from each other.

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