The Covid-19 lockdown was a struggle for many. People were limited to their homes and often had to cook with the ingredients that were available in the kitchen cabinets. Fear of the virus created a challenge in the kitchen and in life at home. But every challenge also has a positive side.
I found myself battling with feelings of depression during the lockdown. My bed was a favoured spot and food turned out to be a comfort in more ways than one. Although it did not always meet my ‘’huidhonger” (a Dutch word that emerged during the lockdown, describing a new phenomenon: the hunger of human contact), the warmth of my bed occasionally helped me cope with the lack of physical contact outside my immediate family. Preparing and consuming food helped me to fill my agenda in a time when outside activities were minimised.
Being deprived of access to my studio, I decided to turn my kitchen at home into a workspace. I started experimenting with creating textures resembling textile with only edible ingredients and tools available in het kitchen. I photographed the textures to depict the sheets on my bed during the lockdown period from March until June 2020.
After the summer of 2020, in which we enjoyed a relaxation of the pandemic measures, I feel an anxiety for a similar lockdown surfacing. Will reality adjust itself again?