QUARANTINE OF THE MIND POP ART VS POST INTERNET ART INSTALLATION
I CAN ONLY SHOW YOU THE DOOR TO ENTER THE FREE MIND, IN HOPE THAT YOU WILL ALSO FREE YOURS. THE PATH TO A NEW WORLD THEY STATE FOR US, OR ONE OF OUR OWN CREATION. KIRSTIE STONE
INDEX ABOUT ME: page 6 & 7
CONCEPT OF INSTALLATION: page 9 & 10
THE SHIELDED MIND POEM: page 11
STEP BY STEP INSTALLATION GUIDE: page 13
FREEDOM COUNTDOWN PAINTING: page 14
SWITCH OF FATE PAINTING: page 15
ASTRAL TRAVEL ALLOWED PAINTING: page 16
FINDING FREE IN ME PAINTING: page 17
FREEDOM OF SPEECH SELF PORTRAIT: page 18
EYE WILL GET THROUGH THIS PAINTING: page 19
WHEN WE RISE PAINTING: page 20 & 21
FLYING FREE PAINTING: page 22 & 23
THE SHIELDED LADY PAINTING AND 3D SCULPTURE: page 24 & 25
LIFE IS LIKE A RUBIX CUBE PAINTING AND 3D PROP: page 26 & 27
HEAD AND SENSES 3D PROP/SCULPTURE: page 28 & 29
SOCIAL SCREEN SOURCE, 3D PROP AND SCULPTURES: page 30 & 31
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD YOYO 3D PROP: page 32
TOILET ROLL TABLE, 3D CREATED PLINTH: page 33
TIME LAPSE HOLOGRAM CLOCK: page 34
VISUAL PROJECTION AND FOG EFFECT: page 35
THE FINISHED INSTALLATION: page 37, 38, 39, 40 & 41
ABOUT ME. I am an innovative sculptor, painter, and maker, I explore the world through my paintings and creating by using my art and sculptures to process the worlds information and turn it into a visual form.
Art to me is not just my commissioned work, day to day but also my passion, drive, and my own therapeutic outlet. It helps me thrive in mindfulness and wellbeing and every piece of art I create carries a part of me and my intent into the world.
I enjoy creating work that makes the audience think and question things and with that in my mind for my degree body of work I have chosen the current timeline of the pandemic and world events. The installation of work set in a small space will give the effect of walking into the quarantined mind, with the aim of creating the feeling of uncertainty through the change of these times.
I have touched upon global issues, coping strategies, common ground, and experiences many have gone through and brought in an element of humour to make a pop art vs post internet-based installation that each audience member will resonate with in some part, if not all.
As an artist that uses a variety of mediums and artistic processes, I have used as many as I can to create this installation using paintings, sculptures, prop making, and visual based graphics to convey the narrative of this challenging time.
THE CONCEPT OF THE INSTALLATION
QUARANTINE OF THE MIND Quarantine of the mind is a visual installation of 2d and 3d designed outcomes. Through incorporation of many mediums, I have created the installation in graphics, paintings, and prop-based sculptures. I have focused the body of work on communicating the internal mind through this COVID-19 pandemic and the effect on it. The focus of this installation is to communicate the narrative of a mind’s timeline through the lockdown, from a world that was so busy and normal of which we knew, to now being isolated and uncertain. The mental fog of the not knowing what is real anymore or how to adjust to this ever-changing period.
I wanted to narrate the time passed through the quarantine and to exhibit the brain’s isolated mentality, coping strategies and the many directions in which its ventured. To do this, the installation was designed as if in a small room and conveys the outlets and sources of thought processes and coping through our own senses during isolation and through the internet as that has been our main source to the outside world. The exhibition will also communicate the longing for freedom again and the multiple global events that have happened through this time.
During the pandemic period whilst in lockdown, I noticed a divide within people. Those who conformed and believed in all happening to those that questioned the agenda of the government’s control. The release of CIA disclosed files, the pentagon’s admittance of extra-terrestrial life and the future of artificial intelligence being released through future agendas, I wanted to create a busy art installation of everything mentioned above in a small space to portray the feeling of a clustered mind, the confusion that has brought and the realisation of a new world ahead that will never return to the normal that we once knew.
I also wanted to make it humorous to take the serious, perhaps too controversial edge away from it and bring in an angle of escapism and coping strategies that many went through, the highs and lows and the funny side, through binge eating or the mass stocking up on toilet rolls, I knew that this would make people laugh and see the installation in a not so political state of mind.
THE SHIELDED MIND Written by Kirstie Stone
When the world turned cold, and nothing anymore was the same. Up went the wall of protection, to shield myself from pain. A minute an hour, a week, month, year, Everyday has been a constant projection of fear. The outside world that was once so normal yet manic, Has become nothing more than a stream of no faces and panic. So, I shut myself away and hid in my bubble, Surely if I do this, I will not be in any trouble. The world shut down, but the mind however did not, The emotions, the moods the traumas I had once forgot, Came back with a vengeance, like shadows in the dark, Attacking me in troubled waters, like a blood thirsty shark. With no social contact, the days became the same, Was the virus really the only thing to blame. How had the world become such a place of divide? That I had realised that in humanity I had lost nearly all pride. The trust in those that said, they had our best interests at heart, Yet over a year later we had been isolated and kept apart. So, I stayed in my bubble and loneliness filled my days, As the world fell apart and the way out seemed like a maze. Forced smiles on zoom, texts and calls became less, I wondered daily, how we had got into this mess. The mind is the biggest challenge of all, You could be soaring on show but inside feel the fall. Left with my own thoughts’ day and night, The option is to drown or to get up and fight. But I am tired, and I feel like I have taken a hit, So, although I rest, I will never quit. Just leave me a while in the cold calm of my space, And I will get up with my bruises and still win this race. The world needs more warriors, that are humbled and kind, I wonder if that is why first we must fight our own mind.
STEP BY STEP INSTALLATION GUIDE
FREEDOM COUNTDOWN PAINTING
This painting I created with the concept of duration and people’s original mindset; how long will this be for? When will life return to normal? How long will we in this lockdown/quarantine and when will it end?
At the start we were told that it would be 2 weeks to flatten the curve and as time passed, with barely any explanation or real roadmap given that made much sense or many answers, homes started to feel like a prison mentally and physically. Therefore, I decided to paint what looks like a chalk board, scribbled on, and marked off day by day up until the date of June 21st, 2021, which is when in the United Kingdom we are told we will be restriction free.
I used acrylics for this painting and for the smudged areas waited till the paint was nearly dry and then wiped the paint slightly off with a cotton bud. I made the painting quite childlike in its outcome, to resemble the vulnerability in us all through this time.
SWITCH OF FATE PAINTING
This painting was done in acrylics, a medium I love using as quick drying and ready to move onto the next.
The meaning of this painting is how life has switched us into the place of being the ones caged just like animals. We as humans are so used to doing what we want, when we want and without restriction, that life has mentally put us into an understanding of their confined habitat and no freedom. It has made us all think and compare our quarantine to that of a caged animal at some point. The reason this painting came to my mind to create, was not only to resonate the feeling of being caged like an animal in our homes but also because of news headlines in the media at the time of animals breaking free from zoos over parts of the world and creating havoc.
I wanted this painting to speak of the feeling of being contained and confined that we have all had during the quarantine period mentally, and perhaps a future understanding and gratitude for when our freedoms, when they are returned.
ASTRAL TRAVEL ALLOWED PAINTING
This painting I created in acrylic and it relates to how the pandemic and lockdowns have changed our daily routines and sleep patterns, and how our dreams have been affected.
Neuropsychologists are linking our longer screen activity, due to the stimulating effects on the brain with vivid dreaming, which has affected our sleep architecture through our brain functions. Mental health problems have also hit an all-time high during this time and that also has major impacts on sleep and dreaming.
The concept of astral travel I used in this piece, as only within the last year have disclosed CIA files admitted to this being possible and using it within military for remote viewing. I have my own experiences with astral travel and playing around with my own dream and where I am, but to many they cannot decipher whether a nightmare, dream, or reality. Also, the message that we have not been able to travel, yet in our dreams we can, I wanted in this piece to make the audience see the brains need for freedom, escapism through release and rest of sleep.
FINDING FREE IN ME PAINTING
During the lockdowns and pandemic, we have all been very mentally vulnerable and seeking ways to adjust to the changes thrown at us and find inner calm. Many people have taken to nature, spirituality, or inner work to find this state of peace.
I created this painting with acrylics on a black canvas. The naked form of the woman is to stand for the vulnerability of the current time. The colours of the inner chakras, I used to create the image of her walking through her troubles on this path to realign herself and get herself into a positive adjusted flow and balance, hence the back foot being slightly lifted, to show some work still being done to find her footing.
The rainbow above is to stand for hope with some dripping down as none of us have had this time mentally easy and I wanted the message of its ok to slip off balance if we still keep going forward with hope.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH SELF PORTRAIT
This airbrushed painting was done using acrylic inks in shades of black, greys, violet and white. I decided to do a self-portrait caricature painting of myself as the artist of the installation.
In the painting I am holding a megaphone shouting freedom. Mentally at one point or another during this last year in quarantine, we have all been shouting silently for freedom in our minds. I made sure I painted the mouth shut so even though the wording there to state what is being shouted, the fact the mouth is closed would show that it was mentally said and not verbally.
I painted it as if looking back to someone that has caught me, this depicts the level of censorship, silencing and the trying to stop people’s rights to protest that have been happening within the tech companies and our own governments laws. I wanted this feeling of being silenced in the painting as during our isolation, we have all mentally felt like we have lost our rights of freedom and our voice.
EYE WILL GET THROUGH THIS PAINTING
I carved out a rough shaped heart from wood that I had accumulated whilst doing my back garden transformation during the quarantined period and thought this fitting to use within the installation as appropriate to the time during the pandemic.
I then used black, greys and white to paint a symbolic image of current emotions and hope, within the mind. The candle burning stands for time dwindling away and our minds strength and tolerance for all happening. The eye surrounded by lights and cloud depicts the storm at present and the light ahead, the barbed wire is for the cut edge of emotions mentally being faced and the rose for future growth and beautiful times to grow after we can re-join with the world and flourish again.
I used this painting to display the heart as part of the senses established to the minds connectiveness with the world whist in our quarantined bubble. The rest of this part of the installation can be found on page 28 and 29.
WHEN WE RISE PAINTING
This painting was created with acrylic on canvas, it depicts a phoenix rising from the flames, hidden delicately on the lower parts of the wings is 2020, the year the pandemic and lockdowns begun in the U.K.
The idea stemmed from a summer fire photograph taken where the flames resembled that of a phoenix at a closer inspection of the picture.
The human mind does burn out when trauma or life pressures hit us, but it also claws back and can be restored with an inner fire and fight. This is the meaning of the painting, and the mindset that we have all tried to keep throughout, that we will rise again.
The phoenix is a mythological bird that symbolises rebirth, reinvention, and the beginning of a new stronger, flourishing life after destruction and rising from the ashes.
To fit in with the installation, this painting stands for the minds positive and hopeful thoughts of how we will return and rise from this pandemic and quarantine and thrive in a new world after this time has passed.
FLYING FREE PAINTING
I painted this piece in acrylic on canvas using shadows made of greys to give it a 3d appearance to the viewer and to appear as if the butterfly is emerging off the canvas.
Butterflies in many cultures are a symbol of freedom, also known for their period of cocoon, where they emerge with new growth, development, and strength.
I choose to paint this butterfly as part of the installation to send the positive message of the future mindset and the time when we emerge from this period and our isolated quarantine and we can be free and transform once again. We have all thought of this and spent time looking to the future so I thought this would resonate to the audience of the hopeful mindset we have had in our isolation.
I used the colour blue for the butterfly as its the colour that theory wise relates to the feeling of calm and helps with patience and that is something we have had to keep through this mentally. Blue also helps fight physical and mental tensions and assists in relaxation, so I thought it fitting to the feeling that comes with the mental clarity of emerging from quarantine and transforming the minds emotion and resettling when we go back to our world and can be with other normally again.
The blue butterfly through meaning and symbolism itself represents life, they are known to be lucky if seen and stand for positive transformations. They are said to bring calm, peace, and appreciation of life’s simple beauty through gratitude in the future. They also signify hope and mentally we all need that in which we can remind ourselves of better days to come.
THE SHIELDED LADY PAINTING AND 3D SCULPTURE.
The isolation we have all experienced throughout the pandemic has never been experienced for many of us before on this level, however those with mental health issues experience this level of isolation and loneliness often within the mind.
I sat with myself for a while and I thought of the mind as if a person, how it would be in stance and in what colours and positioned. This image came to me huddled over, isolated and sectioned inside its own dome in shades of blues to signify the cold of depression yet the calm of solitude that some have used this time to find mentally.
I created this piece with acrylics on canvas and even though I used many shades of blue to get the effect and then I used ice white to finish it off perfectly and to give the light tones and the glass dome its sheen.
I feel in love with this painting after creating it and decided to take it into a 3d format also.
The dome I already had in my art storage but the sculpture inside I created from a flat half cured resin. When the cure was about 4 hours in and poseable in form, I laid a template of the drawing I had done as a quick sketch from the original paining and cut the shape into the resin, I then used the thin plastic sheet that I had poured the resin onto to push shapes and curves and slight folds into the resin. Every hour I would check on the resin and if it needed more shape did the same, till the resin was fully cured.
After completely leaving the resin for another day till rock hard in texture, I then painted on the inside using acrylic inks and a paint pen for the edges and then painted a coat of resin the other side to seal the paint inside.
LIFE IS LIKE A RUBIX CUBE PAINTING AND 3D PROP BASED RUBIX
With all global problems at a core through this time and more happening daily, all normal logic to the life we knew, has completely sent us all into a mental state of confusion and not knowing how to get back to the original way things were.
The world has become a puzzle, that does not seem to be finding its way back easily to its standard form. None of us have known what is next or what is best to do, and we are all adjusting to this time but still daily trying to get things back to a stable state mentally and physically.
Created with acrylics on canvas, this idea of a mixed up rubix cube with many of the worlds global issues happening through the pandemic and our quarantine, became an idea to show the events and the confusion it played on us mentally.
I took my painting then into a 3d format of a supersize rubix cube, using the hardest pit foam I could find, I then cut 27 blocks all measuring 20 by 20cm.
The middle block of the prop I rounded slightly and connected thin wooden dowls into each square piece, so it can be taken off, adjusted, changed into different shapes, and even made into a large chair if desired.
I spray painted 9 sides the 6 varieties of the traditional colours and mixed them around to suit the design from the originated painting I did this to show how everything happening is all over the place in our minds and the confusion on how to sort it all, is a puzzle to us all.
HEAD AND SENSES 3D PROP/SCULPTURES
These prop-based sculptures were made through many forms of mixed mediums I started by shaping wire or polystyrene bases made into a rough initial shape and then built on them using a mix of my own created solidified latex, plaster, and resin. All created layer by layer then sanded, painted, and varnished with a hard topcoat to seal.
The human head with the brain exposed, signifies our mind and consciousness through this period, also relating to the amount of thinking and exposed vulnerability to the unknown time and changes.
The 4 created senses surrounding the head sculpture that being the nose, ear, eye, and mouth are the main senses we have used to experience and handle most of our quarantine with. As touching and contact were stopped, I did not create a hand prop purposely. I did carve a wooden heart and painted on it and that is described in its own detail on page 19.
I purposely make everything bigger than its actual size in comparison to the head sculpture to add that edge or surrealism to my installation and the heightening of our senses which happens when in survival mode.
SOCIAL SCREEN SOURCE, 3D PROP AND SCULPTURES
This sculptured piece I used a broken computer mishap through lockdown to create the piece with as a display for my models. During this time, our minds have had very little apart from the internet and tv to keep us updated on the current events, and to keep in touch with each other. Although technology is amazing and without these things we would be lost, the sad truth is we can also be lost with them. The overload of information and time we have had to research and delve into the unknown can bring reassurance or confusion to what is going on with so much misinformation and an overload of screen time, this has massively caused many brain fog and surges of anxiety, overthinking and displays of erratic online behaviour.
Was during the quarantine, that the Pentagon released CIA disclosed files of extra-terrestrial life and sightings of alien space crafts and the government have released future agendas that are to be put in force including the world economic forum and the fourth industrial revolution, which is based on Artificial intelligence and bringing them into our world.
As computer time has been most of the time spent for us all, whether working, through education, or just keeping up socially with each other, I decided to make this a focus of the installation and create what appeared to be parts of new information and breaking news creeping out of the screen.
I created the sculpture pieces out of monster clay, so they could be posed and moved around, a brilliant material for artists, as it can be liquefied or used depending on heat added, at different levels of moulding texture.
Once the pieces were made, I used a setting agent to harden completely and painted them to add realism. I then used the broken computer screen to make appear as if my sculpted characters and pieces were coming from inside the screen and breaking their way out just as the news, information, daily global events have done, and how direct in its shattering effect at times, that has had on our minds.
WEIGHT OF THE WORLD YOYO 3D PROP
Through any kind of stress, pressure or traumatised mindset, people use escapisms to cope such as eating and drinking, also due to the time we have been quarantined with nothing or very little to do, food has become our main source of daily variety and focus. Many have put on weight and then had to change diet to help themselves lose those added quarantine pounds, so I thought of creating a supersize fast food source and made it into a yoyo to show the changing eating patterns and the ups and downs of the escapism mindset.
I used tough foam, cut into a circular shape, and stuffed each side and then I used fabric to cover and sew over the foam, for the burger bap, spraying colours as needed to add warm golden-brown tones to resemble toasted bread. To create the lettuce and cheese slices, I used coloured leatherette material slightly stuffed, shaped, and sewn into the appropriate shapes. For the inside of the burger with a wooden rod holding the 2 sides of the baps together and the lettuce and cheese glued onto the baps, I then used hemp rope, spray painted dark brown to roll around to create the burger effect with enough rope left out hooped to show clearly it was a yoyo design.
TOILET ROLL TABLE, 3D CREATED PLINTH
During part of the pandemic when lockdowns were announced as going into play, to flatten the curve and stop infection rate, people went into a panic mentally, many run out to stock up fast for the quarantine period. Shelves were left empty, and some shops were charging double if not triple the price for toilet roll and other essentials, to take advantage of people in their current mindset, due to the looming lockdowns.
I thought this would bring some humour to the installation, as even though the original mindset was panic at that time, we can all laugh now about the desperation and the bulk buys in our confused state of mind at the time.
To create this sculpted table, I used wooden rods covered in layers of mod rock and plaster, then I covered the last layer in finely mixed cement for weight and smoothness. I then sanded it down and spray painted it white. I cut a piece of thick transparent acrylic to use for the top of the table so the toilet rolls could be seen through the top surface.
TIME LAPSE HOLOGRAM CLOCK
Using a led advertising hologram fan and a 3d encoding programme, I took a series of 60 shots for each second of every 60-shot minute and then stitched those photos together around a 12-shot series of photos of the hourly time. Once I stitched the photos together to create a video, I fed the video to the 3d encoder and let it break it up as needed into the right format to transfer by usb stick to the led fan for it to create the hologram image.
The purpose of the hologram spinning clock was to add a surreal edge to make my audience stand in wonder. The fast speed of the spinning clock is not only to signify the passing of the time and days spent in quarantine but also the overprocessing and overthinking of the minds brains waves night and day for most of us.
VISUAL PROJECTION AND FOG EFFECT
I used a lighting fog system to create effect and to resemble brain fog. It adds the feeling of confusion to all going on and changes the brains different response system of the audience, by distorting their clear visual look at the installation in set intervals of fog release. I set the colours to bright pop art related colours to match the theme of the art and 3d prop-based sculptures.
To shows the minds need for freedom returned and disheartened mentality to the time we have been in quarantine, I asked friends to film the peaceful protest marches they attended and used them to project on the ceiling of the installation of which not only states the need for freedom but also the minds desperation to be reconnected with the world and each other.
THE FINISHED INSTALLATION
VIDEO OF THE FULL RUNNING INSTALLATION CAN BE WATCHED ON MY INSTAGRAM PAGE @kirstie_stone_artist
When the brain induces a “flow state”, which is anything that takes your attention and mind into the present moment, away from any external, emotional, or mental conflictions, you enter a meditative experience. Therefore, many of us find a release in using creativity, sports, music, dancing, nature just to list a few, to boost the brains endorphins and create the minds “flow state” to stabilize our minds and trigger positive receptors, that work like natural painkillers to our brain and free it from a negative state.
I HOPE YOU FIND YOUR MINDS FREEDOM BEST WISHES ON YOUR JOURNEY KIRSTIE STONE