• Naseem Syed

‘Isolation Inspiration Station’ by Finley Neilens


My background is in graphic design, but since August I've been working in the Community Arts sector for Head4Arts, based in the Eastern Valleys.

Has lockdown changed you? How? Why?

I've gone from being a student to working full time, which is a huge change. I've learnt to value time a lot more than I did. As a student you get five months holiday a year, which is loads. Now, I value even my short weekends as time to myself and like to make the most of them.

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

In university I listened to a lot of music whilst doing work and walking to the campus. I knew that when I got a job, the amount of time I'd get to discover and listen to new music would decrease a lot. However, because I am working from home because of Covid I can carry on listen to huge amounts of music when working, which is great.

Have you changed since lockdown? Tell me why.

Since I've got my job I feel like a more well-rounded member of society, rather than just a 'student', which is kind of just like waiting for real life to begin in real ways. I love the routine of life and getting up daily and working.

What is the story behind your hand art?

I moved home to Plymouth from university in Cardiff in March and sat at my desk every day until June finishing my degree work. Then, I got a job working from home in August, so I've spent so much time this past year sat at my desk looking out of the window. I've never spent so much time in one room and wanted to show that in my piece. Although I have been in the same place physically, I've gone from being a student to working full time. Leaving education and progressing onto work is a huge change in anyone's life, and the fact I've been sat in the same place whilst my world has changed drastically in a short time is something I wanted to show in my piece, hence the blur of the world outside the window. The hand represents the stasis and stillness inside this room, and the waves/ripples coming off it again represents the huge changes in my life.

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