Creative Quarantine: Artist Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow

True Colors No. 03, 60 x 60 cm, acrylic on canvas | © Brigitte Pruchnow

1. How are you holding up?

Actually pretty well. I liked the extraordinary calm that came with the stay-at-home order. Normally I am super busy and I always seem to run out of time, and then, all of a sudden, amidst this absolutely surreal setting, it was like pressing the pause button, and I kind of liked that! I am an introvert and therefore not so outgoing anyway, so no pressure anymore, and I might try to remember to skip some social activities, even when they are possible again.

Let Them Eat Cake, Fruit Tart, 30 x 30 cm, acrylic and modeling clay on canvas | © Brigitte Pruchnow

2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?

Again, although it was kind of inconvenient that art fairs and shows I was going to attend were canceled, and of course there is the worry of how these will work out after having paid the fee and everything, I liked the fact that there was no time pressure and I was able to work at a much slower pace. I can put more love and time into my paintings and I think you can see that! More attention to details and more time to try things… I also did some smaller works on paper for the #artistsupportpledge on Instagram, which is a lovely idea to help each other, you sell pieces for a maximum price of 200 EUR/GBP or USD, and once you have reached 1000 in sales you pledge to buy another artist’s work.

Letting Go, 30 x 30 cm, acrylic on canvas | © Brigitte Pruchnow

3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?

I will definitely try to keep that slower pace in working, even if it means I will have less output. Also, that freedom of mind, to try things, to be more experimental, not always trying to just align things for the next show… Press the pause button more often! Don’t wait for the next pandemic to happen to do so!

Let Them Eat Cake, Apple Pie, 30 x 30 cm, acrylic and modeling clay on canvas | © Brigitte Pruchnow

4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?

As I said, I think many of the artists participating in the #artistsupportpledge seem to be productive, are having fun and are being able to make sales, so that’s really good, I guess. And my forever artist hero David Hockney put this extremely encouraging message out right at the beginning of this pandemic: “Don’t forget, they cannot cancel spring!”, which was and is very true. So stay centered, enjoy what is around you, spread love, mindfulness, and the spirit to support and protect each other, instead of worry, fear, and impatience!

Light And Shadow, 40 x 50 cm, acrylic on canvas | © Brigitte Pruchnow

The Sun Will Aways shine On Us, 70 x 50 cm, acrylic on canvas | © Brigitte Pruchnow

Brigitte Yoshiko Pruchnow is a German-Japanese artist living and working in Munich, Germany. Her mother is Japanese, her father is German, but she was born and raised mainly in Germany.

She holds a diploma from the Munich Film Academy and a master’s degree in Japanology, Philosophy, and History of Art of the University of Munich. She used to study Japanese calligraphy in Japan, Chinese traditional ink painting and traditional Japanese painting technique (Nihonga with the well known Japanese painter Aguri Uchida)
She was active in the graphic novel scene of Munich in the 1990’s with several publications in magazines.
She also worked as a writer and director for documentaries, short films, and commercials.
Her works have been shown in galleries and at art fairs all over Europe, The US, Japan, and South Korea.

Check out her website and her Instagram feed.