How Does It Feel?

Online Exhibition responding to COVID19 Lockdown


Etty Mattews, Watercolour, 76x58cm

This work began on 31.03.20 as part of a group response to the lockdown. It is chronological response to a weekly art psychotherapy group and my feelings around being contained by the virus but by finding the art work emotionally containing.


Brem Locke, Watercolour, 76x58cm

I decided to try and make a painting without brushes and decided on kitchen roll as it’s been in short supply. I tried to capture the feeling of being trapped inside the house and not really knowing what is going on outside of the window. I’ve definitely felt the isolation and strangeness of the lockdown and I know everybody else feels it too.

Staying At Home

Carrie, Watercolour & pens, 21x29cm

I drew my experience of each week during lockdown. This week was spent growing different things – I now have 16 plants, but they’ve brought a little serenity to this scary experience! I've had to learn to tolerate my own company somehow, and nature has helped.

Time Stamp of Loss

Fazila Virmani, Mixed Media, 21x15cm

It has been a year of immense loss with so much coming to an end abruptly. I lost my father and whilst I was and still grieving, there came this pandemic that shook the world. I went through further losses; loss of health, loss of working, loss of graduation and university environment. Amidst all of this I lost myself too.


Geena Vabulas, Ink, Marker 21x30cm

This piece is pure, mindless, plan-less doodle. The point was not the final product, but the act of making. Doodling helps me feel calm and focused, which can be hard sometimes during lockdown. I haven’t doodled in years, and lockdown gave me the opportunity to remember how much I enjoy it.

Save Lives

Grazyna, Photography, 40x30cm

I am a strong believer in artworks talking for themselves however I do take into account how important the back story may be and how much it may add emotionally to any image ; how appreciative audiences may be when symbols and objects or sources of inspiration for individual pieces are explained . This image is self - explanatory today and I wonder what its lifespan may be in the dystopian future .


Genevieve Collier, Magazine print & acrylic paint, 40x50cm

There has been an underlying sense of waiting around in the dark, not knowing anything for certain during the pandemic. The tarot image of the Hanged Man is usually suspended upside down, voluntarily surrendering to forces for change that are coming but not yet understood.

Lily Flowers

Vera Freire, Wire, Enamel Paint, 30x70cm

I went to the park and I saw the flowers which make me think of isolation. I was inspired by the flowers because I could not go anywhere else. I was feeling claustrophobic at home, and the Studio Upstairs group online has made me feel better. Thanks to the group, I was inspired to use wire at home.


Jerry Bayley, Acrylic on Card

This is a piece l painted at the Studio Upstairs . I've always loved the image of GODZILLA a 500 ft creature that saves our planet from other Monsters . It's a bit like the way scientists are saving people from the Covid -19 virus if you imagine it as a destructive monster. GODZILLA is the saviour of humanity . He is a kind of metaphor for an anti virus.


Kayleigh Ditchburn, Acrylic, 29x30cm

Initially I envisioned creating a waterfall, I then turned it upside down and a volcano also appeared. I found this piece evolving into different things depending on what the viewer was experiencing. What can you see?

Locked Eyes

Harriet Muncey, Acrylic on Paper, 29x42cm

Like many of my lockdown projects, this isn’t actually finished. I’ve spent so many hours in online meetings staring at people in little boxes - including myself - unable to access those particular moments of satisfying connection when you make eye contact with another human. This is me, locking eyes with myself, really trying to see what’s behind them.

Inside the Studio

Toria, Oil Paint, 30x45cm

It was the first still life I have made and it was to give me a piece of the studio life whilst at home.


Jake Summer, Video Stills & Photoshop grading and stencilled signs

This is an excerpt and promotional image from the film I have been compiling to record life during lockdown, wherever possible I have used an experimental and performance art approach, currently editing many hours of footage which both documents the lockdown in an informative, provocative, subversive and entertaining way.

Number 21

Zoё Rebecca, Marbling Ink, 10x15cm

I enjoy marbling because no matter how much you do (such as choosing colours and how you arrange them), you can never quite control the outcome. The finished product is always a surprise. Marbling has allowed me to process these feelings that are mirrored in my reality today.

Thank You Without Words

Mel, Digital

Is the British sign for Thanks. I have been workig in ASC base and have not been 'creative' as such. this was the outcome of how to use a drawing tablet, trying to block external noise and trying to focus on posotives. I 've made a ccollection of them. In thanks to a boy I worked with 11 years ago, after months of no response , showed me care. It was a 'moment' and all I could say was thank you'..


Michael Bacon, Pen and Inks, 20x29cm

I created the work whilst experiencing inner conflict of the restrictions we are all bound by and the escalating layers of society. In response the work became busy and confusing to follow with altered perspectives on a subtle scale.

The Painted Drum

Jane Deaking, Painted Drum

I painted my drum yesterday, Much of the darkness of this time and also the beauty was expressed in this. Today is the dark moon. I feel much better than I have for many days. Making this has healed me in a way. I have wanted to do this for the Longest time. I like it It is deep and elemental. Shamanic, quite dark but with accents of light. Just like any shamanic journey It takes you with its rhythm and beauty to a deeper place.


Yasmine Matrinez, Charcoal & Pencil, 29x21cm

There’s too much to think about and too many hours to think it in but it doesn’t feel like there’s ever enough time to talk about it.


Thomas Etheridge, Mixed Media, 10x15cxm

This mermaid appeared at a time of high levels of stress and something about her face motivated me to continue working on the image. I used a found image of plants as a background and enjoyed playing with layering imagery.

Thoughts As Faces

Rosie, Watercolour, 21x29cm

Letting go of some tension by releasing a few of those dark moments. You are not your thoughts, but an observer.


Del Oldham, Acrylic on canvas, 30x30cm

This is one in a series of pieces on a heart theme carrying the title ‘Peribat'; latin for Unrequited. The storm reflects much of how I feel a lot of the time, especially during lockdown.

Superman Versus Dragon

John, Pencil on Paper, 28x20cm

This is my expression about what is happening in the world today, re. the virus. Another title could be “The War of the World”. The Virus is represented by the Dragon, and Superman represents all the good forces fighting the Virus. I suffer from Paranoid Schizophrenia.

Mental Health Stigma

Julie Tsiricos, Collage, 42x29cm

I wanted to show the difference between what people think about mental illness and what it is really like. I have bipolar which has less stigma than schizophrenia. I work in collage.


Hayley Hellings

I mainly create abstract art, but sometimes still life. I use all forms of art materials and enjoy experimenting with new materials and techniques.


Anna Brown, Wood, 30cm

Left Hand Selfie

Romy, Ink on Card, 113x75cm

Being creative is essential for my wellbeing. I’ve created every day of lockdown using prompts, which I shared on social media to encourage others to join me. The prompt for this was ‘left’ so I did a self portrait using my left (non-dominant) hand. I was surprised by the result.

Watching Beyond The Stars

Nicola Tomlin, Coloured Pencil on Board, 21x15cm

Watching Beyond the Stars helped release my feelings. This was my mothers eye who died this year from Alzheimer’s and pneumonia. I did so much artwork I forgot we were in lockdown, it helped me deal with loneliness and grief - when I concentrated on my drawing, time went quickly.

Coral Creeper

Marianne Etheridge, Pencils & pen, 15x21cm

During lockdown, I have begun to form an appreciation for drawing to relax after a day of work. I began this illustration after feeling restricted in my flat with no green spaces and felt that returning to a childhood hobby helped me to reset. This exhibition has reignited my enjoyment for sketching, doodling, colouring and all things childish!

Fallowness of Life

F. D.

Feelings of submissiveness and rage which I felt during this time.

Gouldian Finch Bird

Harvey Tunnah, Watercolour


Jo Vallis, Collage, 21x30cxm

During lockdown I have been struck by the overwhelming loud but beautiful early morning birdsong in my garden. This is my expression of those sounds.

Zimbabwean Bird

Jenya IIjon, Acrylic on Paper

The bird makes me laugh and it's my hope that it makes others laugh. Having this space to work (Studio Upstairs) is really important, whether it's a phone call or a video chat. It helps with the continuity.

Mom Is Reported

Saveria Cristofari, Mixed Media

I am confined with my daughter who is 6 yrs old. We have drawn everyday a page illustrating what happened during the day. One day I was really tired, and I grabbed a cigarette and smoked. I went downstairs and people in the building didn’t like it that I was smoking. They said it wasn’t appropriate given the context of the virus. My daughter illustrated me smoking and I used collage to draw the people ‘telling me off’. I felt watched and reported. I felt naughty and it felt good to not be like these people, afraid. The trampoline represents the mom wanting to play but not possible , in the adult world.

Heart To Heart

Joy K. Fleming, Copper wire, bead, card 16x16cm

I made cards to send to my 2 adult children to let them know I was thinking of them across lockdown distance, space and time. I wanted to depict the connection we have through our hearts and heartbeats though far apart and to let them know I love them. Always.

Hold On

Katie Keeble, Watercolour, pen, 29x21cm

I have been listening to music to help me through lockdown. One song is called ‘hold on’ where the singer is soulfully telling herself “its going to be ok, just hold on”. The song is by Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard. The drawing represents dark clouds forming and sunshine peeking through where the clouds are beginning to disperse. The tree is the stable element and will always be standing tall throughout all the weathers. This is a message of hope, the storm will pass, and even if the trees are weathered by the storm, they will always grow back stronger than before, so for now…. Hold on. It’s a lovely song, check it out. I am a member of Studio Upstairs Bristol. What a fantastic place that is. Thank you for reading.