By Caitlin Kelly
I really enjoyed this New York Times special section where they asked a range of artists — 75 in all –these questions:
Some produced nothing.
Some went into overdrive.
Some did a lot of cooking.
Some binged on much older works of art, from the Iliad to old movies.
If you’d known you’d be so isolated for so long, what would you have done differently?
I would have rented a house somewhere upstate and fled our apartment. It’s been a challenge with two people home all the time working, between no privacy and noise and endless cooking and cleaning. Even fled overseas or back to Canada.
Did you find a friendship that helped you through this time?
My husband has been the best and most consistent.
What’s one thing you made this year?
My book proposal.
What’s the one moment you’ll remember most?
Two…my last gasps of non-COVID travel, seeing friends in D.C. in early March 2020, and a Degas show there. And the (thank God) defeat of Trump.
What art have you turned to?
I watch way too much television: new shows, older shows, new movies, older movies. Have tried to read books but with less success. My Insta account includes several people who highlight works of art and this has been really sustaining. Music, every day, thanks to my vinyl and global radio and Sirius XM.
What bad idea did you have?
My book proposal — so far proving impossible to sell. Very frustrating.
What do you want to achieve before things return to normal?
Lose more weight. Get really thoughtful about who I will spend time with.
How about you?
How would you answer any or all of these?