Thursday 10 February 2022

Lockdown Stories by Shweta Gautam

Artist: Shweta Gautam


Unexpected  journey of creative people. So here comes my story of lockdown connected through Pen & Paper. 


Days in lockdown were opportunities for an artist to explore more with pen & paper, making the most of what they had available. 


Mumbai never had such curfew stories before. Curfews in Mumbai also taught many responsibilities and their role in contributing in our own way to find a solution to collective problems. 


During curfews many learned about the importance of being creative with the scarce resources and limited physical space they had at home. 


Some even learned to be hygienic and developed new skills but what mattered the most was learning to appreciate the emotional connections between different generations.

Although it seems strange as a title, but I feel this lockdown has made more stories to come to life than the entire lifetime put together. Every day it was a new story, new understanding of myself and the world around me. Entire world going upside down and the challenges faced by each individual. For me, the perspective of life and the surrounding just changed. Interpreting new visuals and the value of life, the entire meaning just changed. Sometimes, life puts you in a situation where your best comes out. For me the lockdown stories are more of a memories and reflection of each day in various lights. Nothing was planned and there was no goal to make these stories, but day after day these reflections just started to appear on the paper and made it a relaxing experience than the chaos around. Now seeing it from a wider perspective,  the Universe had a plan. The process of creating this visuals was more of a meditation and connecting with the higher self then just exploring the art. Felt like I just tapped into the energy unaware, guiding me to its final destiny.

From: 8th to 14th February 2022

“Lockdown Stories”

An Exhibition of Pen & Paper Line Art Work

Solo show by young contemporary artist Shweta Gautam



Jehangir Art Gallery

161-B, M.G. Road

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm

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