It has been a rough time for artists globally, for visual artists especially around the world.
So says Jamaican media personality turned visual artist, Maia Chung.
In an exclusive interview with 876-411, Chung indicated that when Jamaica locked down in 2020, it affected her mental health.
“It affected me badly. I became depressed. I couldn’t paint,” she said.
According to her, she said she was not even able to tap into the place where, ‘the art comes from.'”
Between 2020 to 2021 stationed in Jamaica as she was due to Covid 19, Chung said all she could manage to do was experiment with her art. She is a self-taught artist.
Her experiments included use of new paint applicators, surfaces and much more.
Chung, who began a successful art career in 2016, has had a great start to her art life.
She has a solo exhibition behind her, has had her work recognised globally as: good, for purchase by collectors and is credible enough to be at a national and global exhibition standard. Her art has been exhibited in countries such as Italy, Japan, South America and the United States of America.
This week, the Government of Jamaica, through its cultural arm, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), awarded Ms. Chung with a bronze medal for painting. The medal awards, given out in all areas within the JCDC’s cultural competitions, are the highest form of honour and recognition.