One of the many effects of the global pandemic was the shift in our experience of time that some of us went through - as the clockwork of society had several wrenches thrown into it, many of us found our day to day activities grind to a halt while time marched on without us. Having to slow down is not new to artists, with the creative process often deciding to shift its pace without our consent. Many printmaking processes require us to slow down and wait around while our art takes its own time to come into being. Perhaps consequently, the 2021.1 theme of SLOW resonated with many in the community, culminating in a wonderfully poetic publication. Max Elwood writes about what a slower society could mean for accessibility. Artist Taiessa explores in a visual essay how quarantines disrupted the idea of the scarcity of time. Stacey Cann holds a conversation with Justine Jenkins for My Process, about Justine's artist book and the intertwining of capitalism, slowness, and creation. David Gagnon Walker recounts his reflections as he sat with Alex Linfield's sculpture of a stone for a full 24 hours. Rounding off the issue is Zach Polis, drew up 8 sets of instructions or scores on how to navigate a pandemic, based on conversations with 8 artists. The featured artist Cui Jinzhe has created a series of 3 woodblock prints inspired by the theme of slowing down and being in tune with your surroundings. Cover image: Jinzhe Cui, Look at a flower, Woodblock Relief Print, 2021.
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