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Artist Allison M Low On Creating During Covid-19: "We Are All Figuring Things Out"

In our June 2020 Collaboration Issue, 12 creatives give us their perspective through never-before-published works that reflect their frame of mind mid-circuit-breaker. Here, artist Allison M Low shares her thoughts through her surreal illustrations.

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The work

“There’s the saying that the world is one’s oyster. As a young girl, it implied to me that there would be treasures for the taking. Inside an oyster, pearls materialise through a process that seems akin to some form of arcane magic.

I liked the idea of these mysterious inner workings, that produced only beautiful things; ultimately, things that are coveted for their inherent value. As an adult, I’d considered the inadvertent vulnerabilities that come with such a position.

There is a duality to being in possession of things that others desire, but in the end, it still seems a happier exchange to have something to offer the world instead, especially at a time like this. Perhaps art is my tiny offering.”

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On how essential the arts is

“Art will always be essential as a practice. Artists create for themselves just as much as they create for the public and artists will always find a way to share their work. Although social media is one of the avenues we use now, the traditional creative industry so to speak still plays a part in giving creatives a level of visibility in the commercial arena.

Furthermore, there are those who remain reliant on it to maintain a living to keep their practices going or to feed their families. Art in all its forms comforts and connects people. It is also a living creature on its own and will be shared one way or another.”

“Art in all its forms comforts and connects people. It is also a living creature on its own and will be shared one way or another.” – Allison M Low

On how she imagines the art industry to change post-pandemic

“I really can’t say what all this upheaval will bring on an industry scale at this time. There is a lot of uncertainty in the air on a global scale. What I do know is that many are maintaining connections via the Internet and that art is still being shared. We are all figuring things out, but so long as there’s a way to connect I think that things will be alright in the end.”

This article first appeared in the June 2020 Collaboration Issue of FEMALE.