Chi Chi Chinakwe - London, United Kingdom, Europe
Background to the piece.
I was in the middle of planning my first solo show and had just finished my business plan and was on a creative roll, with a clear plan of how my 2020 would end. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that we were all about to be hit with something that would change the world as we knew it...
For some it has been devastating, with lives lost, jobs lost, families divided and businesses on the brink of collapsing. For all of us I think it was a wake up call, a chance to rethink our values, beliefs and for society to make much needed changes. It was time for a reset.
This art is one of two pieces I created to tell my pandemic story. It is a rework of a piece from my debut collection, “This is Me”. One of 15 pieces that I would have exhibited. Rather than making a new piece to represent covid 19, putting a mask on an existing art piece, symbolised the pause on all our lives, the mask being the pause.
While on pause, I watched my life change, the world change, a worldwide protest against racism and through it all I was inspired and a new collection was born.