• Naseem Syed

‘Ingolstadt’ by Justin Teddy Cliffe


Even though I’m a Theatre Maker and Director by trade! My whole life I’ve found my self drawing, creating, making all kinds of other forms of art. During lockdown I bought my first iPad and since then I’ve been experimenting with pieces of software that enable me to draw, texture, 3D image, make short films and create collages like this one. The app I use is really limiting and I love the challenge that presents.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

In numerous and uncountable ways some/all of which I’m not distant enough from to be able to identify. By nature I’m sure it will have changed all our lives and the world. Things I’ve decided to change are simple. Focus more on the things I love.

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

I saw a viral video of a young girl playing the drums to a Nirvana track and when the beat kicks in she gives out this primal scream and almost smashes the drum kit to pieces. I was liberated by it and shifting out and away from some kind of impending misery. It made me want to scream at stuff more. In a good way.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

I think I answered the sample above. Time and distance from the event will tell. Right now I think our heads and brains are in deep survival mode so it’s tough to pick it apart.

What is the story behind your hand art?

I actually love my hands. I take photographs of them all the time. Usually if I’ve been painting or making something or working in the garden. I like to show them as a constant thing in my life affected by their surroundings or the by the things I decide to do. I started off trying to find as many of these images as I could and collating them, but I was unsatisfied with the results. So instead I took about 50 photos of my hands in different shapes (another thing I love about hands). In the process of doing it they reminded me of some kind of Frankenstein’s monster, animated by their creator. So the rest of the piece was informed by that.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Love, make, think, do. Reach out, connect, share, extend. Protect, care, forgive yourself. Rebel, stand up, resist, empower.

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