In conversation with ggggrimes

An interview taken from our June Issue. In this special issue, we wanted to give light to artists, especially illustrators and painters, to know how to quarantine time affected their lives and their process. We wanted to showcase a different story, different arts to give a voice and platform for these creators.

KALTBLUT: It’s been almost 2 months since self-isolation has been enforced worldwide, how are you feeling?
ggggrimes: I’m feeling a lot better these days than I was even three weeks ago. Being in isolation has made me examine a lot about myself and deal with some demons I was avoiding. It turns out being nice to yourself during a global pandemic is pretty necessary and worth working on. I’m scared for the world, for my friends and family, and for my community, but I’ve been doing my best to manage my anxiety through inner trauma work.

KALTBLUT: What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine?
ggggrimes: I’ve been playing Animal Crossing, watching movies, learning how to mix cocktails, working projects that make me happy, and spending less time online. I’ve been doing a lot more than that, but I think that’s a pretty good summary.

KALTBLUT: How has the situation affected your work?
ggggrimes: I’ve been more strategic with making money. I’m doing all the same things I was doing last year, but the time frame is entirely different because of necessity. Projects that I would have done over a month last year I’m doing over a week. I have more sales, and I’m fortunate, but it’s a result of way more work than I’m used to. I’m feeling overwhelmed. People are online more often too, so more people are interacting with me than I’m used to. As an Instagram artist, my job involves so many different aspects that are all in overload right now because of how communication has changed since COVID hit western countries.

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Instagram: @ggggrimes
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