Life during lockdown

Jalandhar artist Kimi Juneja exploring her creative side to beat lockdown blues

Jalandhar artist Kimi Juneja  exploring her creative side to beat lockdown blues

Artist Kimi Juneja shows her paintings in Jalandhar. Tribune Photo

Avneet Kaur

Jalandhar, April 7

If everything had gone as planned, city-based artist Kimi Juneja, alias Manpreet, would have been participating in the World Art Festival in Dubai from April 8 to 11. But, the festival was postponed to October due to Covid.

Now, Kimi has been utilising her time by exploring her creative side and trying hands at different genres of painting. The artist said, “So far, the paintings I have made depict love, friendship, romance and beauty. However, it is for the first time that I have enough time to try something new. Sketching and painting are considered as intellectual ways to pass time and if you have experienced hands, it is needless to say that the benefits are plenty.”

“Since the first day of the lockdown, besides spending a quality time with my family, I have been expressing my suppressed emotion with creativity. My daughter has inspired me to come out of my comfort zone and explore my art as much as I can,” she said.

On being asked about her experience of the lockdown, Kimi said it was strange that now everyone, who was so busy till March 22, had ample amount of time to do what they wanted. “I never made any spiritual painting, but the lockdown gave me an opportunity for it,” the artist said.

“Generally, it takes me 30 to 40 days to complete one painting. However in past 15 days, I have finished two painting on the current situation. One of my paintings is a thanksgiving gesture to all the saviours i.e. doctors, while the other one is a prayer for the world. Both paintings are my core feelings that have emerged after observing the people stuck at home,” Kimi said.

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