In a special series, we asked artists associated with the RWA about how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected their life and work. The next artist is current Vice-President of the RWA, Ros Ford…
“…I believe our view of the world will transform and therefore how art is created, viewed and accessed. Creativity is and will be an essential path out of this crisis.”
“I have been lucky in lockdown. I have a small garden and an allotment which are both in better order than they have ever been! I have also had access to my studio but until recently I have chosen to work at home.
“I am slowly continuing to research, draw, and prepare plates for two new large prints, spending more time at each stage of development, in shorter sessions than usual. I have also appreciated a time to reflect. Walking and cycling locally I have discovered previously unknown locations which have generated new, exciting ideas to develop.
“I think the experience of the pandemic is and will affect all who have lived through and after it, changing how we live and think. This is affecting my work, not only by my reflecting on different ideas and their relevance but also how to execute them.
“I believe our view of the world will transform and therefore how art is created, viewed and accessed. Creativity is and will be an essential path out of this crisis.
“The future will change in ways yet unknown, let us hope it will be for the better in terms of equality and the environment.”
About the artist
Inspired by the unordered, the overlooked and the sideshows of life, Ros Ford’s work is mostly about structures and buildings in the landscape. In January and February 2020 she had an exhibition at the RWA Academicians’ Gallery: Ros Ford: a decade of drawing and print – Bristol, Venice and further horizons.
Ros was elected as an Academician in 2016 and havs been on the Academicians’ Council for four years, Honorary Secretary for about one year and was elected as Vice President 2019.
Concept and interview by Laurel Smart