Isolation for many has become a time of self-reflection and a chance to stop, look around and appreciate the here and now. Zara Tisma's latest body of work embodies just that, drawing inspiration from the surrounding countryside and the neighbouring houses on her street.
With influence from the likes of Joan Miro, Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky, Zara has developed a distinctive style, paying homage to the iconic movements that have inspired her. Her drawings comprise of mark-making layers using pencil, ink, pen and paint, with subtle nuances of colour.
In this new series, she captures the energy of a suburban housing estate but highlights the appreciation for moments of stillness through carefully considered blank spaces. "Each of my drawings bears a narrative that relates to both the conscious and subconscious, as well as feelings of uncertainty and anguish," she explains.
As testimony to her love of the outdoors, she includes features of the local countryside and its calming effect, making an interesting juxtaposition to the calculated, structured lines illustrated in the red brick houses on the estate where she is currently isolating. "I sign off each of my works with expressive mark makings to convey the unprecedented emotions that I share with the rest of the globe," she adds.
Zara Tisma graduated in Fine Art from Falmouth University in 2013. Specialising in drawing, her works explore a dialogue between natural and man-made objects and environments. Follow her latest updates on Instagram.