DARK DAYS

A series of 13 drawings – one for each week of the lockdown.

Dark Days –  a project born within lockdown, created as a real time response to the unfurling events in the world we live in.

On 24th March 2020, The UK Government announced it’s isolation measures in response to the Covid-19 crisis. The message was simple, ‘Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives’.

For the nation days became scheduled around the 5pm ‘Daily Briefings’ where a collection of politicians, scientists and clinicians led us through a selection of slides made up of graphs and charts, tests and deaths. For 91 days, until exactly 13 weeks later on Tuesday 23rd June our lives were measured by these graphs – moving first swiftly upwards, then stabilising and heading downwards, painfully slowly. These pieces are a response to these graphs. They explore the conflict between defined boundaries and the invisible elusive virus silently spreading between us. It is hoped they capture a feeling of oppression and entrapment and help us focus on the spaces inbetween that allow us to come up for air.

Dark Days goes on display in our main window from 11th September  – 26th September.

All gallery commission for this collection will be donated to Wimbledon Guild who since 1907 has been helping support those in need in our local community.

Abigail Bowen - Dark Days
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