Seven Studies for ‘A Holding’, 23 March–31 May 2020

Seven Studies for ‘A Holding’, (23 March–31 May 2020) engages with D. W. Winnicott’s ideas of transitional spaces andliving-with’ and explores how relations of remoteness and proximity have been reconfigured through the COVID19 pandemic. I painted these watercolours of spring blossoms during the COVID19 ‘lockdown’ in the UK in 2020, between the 23rd of March and the 31st of May. At home all the time, the days of the week, usually quite distinct, began to blend into one another. The end of each working day was marked by a UK Government announcement of the number of people who had passed away from COVID19 in the past 24 hours, producing an increasing running total. The titles pair the date I noticed a flower of this kind open for the first time, and the total number of deaths from COVID19 in the UK, as recorded on that same day.[i]



Jane Rendell, Seven Studies for ‘A Holding’, 23 March–31 May 2020, Lilian Chee and Matthew Mindrup (eds) Remote Practices (Lund Humphries, 2022).

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