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? Klaus: I feel good, I think those who work in creativity take the lead in this situation. Personally I’ve always worked alone, the isolation, the work closed in a room, it’s normal for me. Of course, I miss the freedom to be able to go out without precautions, without a mask for example, but all in all two months is not that long if we were talking about a year it would be different.
KALTBLUT: What have you been doing to pass your time in quarantine? Klaus: I work and I have a nice monthly collaboration with the Financial Times for the magazine “How To Spend It” so I make 4 images per month for them, one for each issue of the magazine. I have a monthly image also for GQ France, and other occasional projects, recently I worked for Men’s Health UK, I made an image for WeTransfer that was printed and given to employees in quarantine, and I just finished a series of images for Die Zeit.
KALTBLUT: How has the situation affected your work? Klaus: Well, I’ve certainly had a decrease in orders, some projects are cancelled, others are postponed (which means probably cancelled). But I think we needed this moment of contraction with everyone. My clients at the moment are cautious, they prefer to cut what is not fundamental and this often means the images created ad hoc, it is understandable. I think however that everything will go back as before, even if we did not say when.