CN: Please introduce yourself
Lindokuhle Skosana: My name is Lindokuhle Skosana, a 21 year old fine-artist living in Cape Town. I am a feeler and in all things I creative, I try to show this as authentically as possible.
CN: Where are you and who are you quarantined with?
LS: I am currently living in Cape Town, and luckily, I’m in physical isolation with my best friends and roommates. The two of them have been dating for a year, so I am well accustomed to third-wheeling and being in isolation amongst a crowd.
CN: What and Where were you supposed to be in this time (plans missing out on)
LS: I was supposed to be showing my work at various student exhibitions at this time. Also, I was supposed to be painting as much as I can, but purchasing material has been made impossible by the lock down.
CN: How has this changed your life and what are your new daily routines?
LS: I hate structure. But this has forced me to structure my life and follow a routine in order to keep busy and keep sane. Whether this is to my benefit or not, I guess we’ll see when I’m free again.
CN: What do you miss the most from that life?
LS: Seeing strangers that I will never interact with.
CN: Working from home or chilling?
LS: Coz I am struggling with getting anything done. Trying my best to keep a balance. I force myself to do the compulsory work I hate, but end up doing the work I love.
CN: Have you got any new hobbies or projects?
LS: Every day at 9pm we sit down and watch a TV series in our living room. The lockdown has also gifted me with enough time to do something I have not done for years: drawing. I find at least 1 hour a day to draw and it’s been very rewarding.
CN: How do we as creatives participate and help the world through our gifts and talents?
LS: We have to keep creating, as authentic as possible. We can only be true in our representations of our world right now. I wish every creative, including myself, had the confidence sureness to share their work, regardless of the perceived quality and regardless that anxious feeling. It may do something to someone.
CN: Biggest challenge so far?
LS: The availability of the equipment I need to realize my creative potential. However, this has forced me to think outside the box in terms of creating at home.
CN: What have you learnt about people in general in this epidemic?
LS: It takes a global pandemic to see the humility in people. During a testing time such as this, as a people, we have decided to band together and find humour, help others, and generally make the pandemic more ‘bearable’. That’s the human condition.
CN: After all this, what it The future? New normal?
LS: The new normal looks a lot like what things look like right now, I think. Isolation seems like it will prevail beyond the pandemic, and the adopted behaviour will last indefinitely. Nonetheless, we live in interesting times, and thank God I get to experience this, good and bad.