1. How are you holding up?
I am doing the best I can in these circumstances. My family is healthy and we are all still employed and that is really all I can ask for during this time.
2. Has Covid-19 had an effect on your work? If so, in what way?
I have not been making personal work for about a year. I was really burnt out after finishing my undergrad; the pieces I was working on and the things that I was passionate about were all over the place. Although I have not been making my own work, I have been archiving. Right now I am archiving all the voicemails I get from my two grandmothers and my father. They were all so upset with me because my voicemail was always full. It wasn’t until quarantine when I started getting them off my phone and uploading them to a safe place.
Advancing as a designer outside of my personal work has allowed me to see a true beginning, middle, and end to whatever I create which I never really had before.
3. Is there anything you’ve added to your practice that you’d like to keep after this is over?
Something I’ve learned but not necessarily incorporated into my personal practice is the importance of moving on from work. Advancing as a designer outside of my personal work has allowed me to see a true beginning, middle, and end to whatever I create which I never really had before. I’m very Descartes-esqe when it comes to questioning everything but it is also good to know when to call it a day. Creating boundaries and allowing a distance between myself and the pieces I create has made me feel more confident as an artist and in my own abilities.
4. Of the artists you follow, who’s handling this particularly well?
Jason Lazarus created an archive of readings for artists during quarantine which I often revert back to. I was really happy to see that many people were making resources accessible to help others during the pandemic. It’s exciting how much growth there is in stillness.
Alexandria Dravillas is a Chicago-based artist and designer originally from Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated from DePaul University, with a double major in Psychology and Media Art. Alexandria creates work to better understand the world around her. Her work deals with the ideas of preservation, the past, and centers around ideas of truth, always questioning reality and perception.