Painting Through Pandemic
Creative Gaga|Issue 50
Vibrant illustrator Tania Yakunova talks about her life as an artist in quarantine and shares her hopes and fears as we all wrestle through this pandemic.
Tania Yakunova

How are you faring in this quarantine? Is it difficult to find inspiration when we are forced to stay at home?

Tania. I’m used to working from home since I have been doing that even before this lockdown. I reinforce the energy and time spent on going out to develop home-based hobbies. Initially, the pandemic did not affect me as much. But now I can feel the stress building up, and it is taking a toll on my mental health; therefore, affecting my productivity. Since I find comfort and inspiration in travel, it is especially difficult.

How has this quarantine altered your perspective of life and art? Does it reflect in your current artworks?

Tania. There is a lot of uncertainty right now. But on the bright side, I feel well connected. It is evident how art helps people deal with stress, and this offers me motivation and reassurance. While a few of my projects got cancelled, I have been invited to work on several new ones dedicated to life during this pandemic. These projects are important to me, and I hope that my illustrations can ease people during these turbulent times.

CG. The pandemic has provided humanity with a challenge like never before. What are the setbacks you’ve faced because of the quarantine?

Tania. The biggest problem I faced is constant stress. High anxiety affects my ability to work, but art helps me stay mentally active. There are times when exhaustion hits me hard, and it gets difficult to stay productive. But I consider myself blessed to have a few great projects that survived the quarantine. I am worried about the future, as the pandemic is getting worse.

CG. Artists often require their own space to create. It can be challenging to differentiate workspace from your home. Has your productivity been affected due to this?

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