Covid Diaries: A Celebration of Life Under Lockdown

Staff Reporter (22 October, 2021)

A snapshot in time of the unknown

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Multidisciplinary artist, poet and Slade alumni Michelle Baharier is displaying work inspired by her own experience of the Pandemic.  COVID Diaries presents one artist’s perspective – a snapshot in time of the unknown.

The artist’s partner was hospitalised from COVID before the first lockdown and she was forced to quarantine. Faced with her partner’s severe illness, her own precarious mental health, a broken washing machine, and a leaking sink that no plumber would attend to, Michelle kept herself grounded by recording her experience with digital drawing, painting, photography, and by keeping a daily diary.

COVID Diaries: A Celebration of Life Under Lockdown brings the human condition to light, letting our emotions flow with her bold use of palette and texture, reflecting our shared experience back at us.

The show includes commissioned portraits of artist Penny Pepper, actress & activist Liz Carr, disabled journalist & editor of the Disability News Service John Pring, disability rights campaigner and member of the House of Lords Baroness Jane Campbell, and live art, performance and video artist Katherine Araniello.

During her week at the gallery, Michelle will be working on handmade limited editions of her diary from March 2020 as the gallery will give her space, time & opportunity to explore her photos & drawings, collecting them into the first of many book-pieces.

The artist’s work exploring the range of human emotions is available for purchase; take home a new image for your living room and/or workspace. Michelle takes commissions & is on site to discuss your requirements. 

In 2021 Michelle received awards from the Arts Council England Lottery Fund to create The Walkie Talkies – digital art pieces and a Developing Your Creative Practice grant which is supporting this exhibition. 

Sprout Arts, 74 Moyser Rd, London SW16 6SQ from Monday 22 to Saturday 27 November 2021 -11 am- 5 pm

Private view Tuesday 23 November 6:30 – 8:30pm

Bring a Covid Poem to read on Saturday 27 November (4-6pm)

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