This Artist Doodled on Her Wall for 113 Days to Document Her Quarantine Life, and It’s Incredible

published Aug 21, 2020
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To stave off boredom while in quarantine, many have turned to art, others to redecorating. London-based artist Viktorija, meanwhile, did both—every day, for 113 days.

Viktorija, who usually creates ceramics and greeting cards, began doodling on one of her apartment’s blank walls on March 25, right around the time when the UK entered a total lockdown. According to her, the project served as a creative outlet and a visual diary, detailing the things that have happened in a bizarre period.

“I wanted to record my experience of what will, hopefully, be a once in a lifetime event,” she wrote for Bored Panda.

Seeing her blank wall as a canvas, she brought out her brushes and acrylic paints, and started drawing anything and everything, “be they new, sad, unexpected, or even just mundane.”

Some of her miniature sketches included the food that she cooked and ate, the activities that she did, the stuff that she bought, some details about her work, and important events such as the Black Lives Matter movement.

If you look closely, you can also see illustrations of her cat (as well as a few dogs)!

After 113 days, she finally finished doodling the entirety of her wall. And although she’s not sure how long the mural can stay, she said: “It will remind me of how important it is to cherish the small but important things in life—from chatting with friends to browsing in a shop to stopping for a drink after work—and that life’s simple freedoms and pleasures should never be taken for granted.”

She added, “Above all, I will never forget that this strange limbo I have recorded is just one tiny part of the story. While life has at times seemed in the doldrums, the storm has raged all around and continues to do so, leaving so much loss and sadness in its wake.”

“To all those have endured the front lines of this pandemic, bravely placing themselves in harm’s way to keep life going, and going, and going, until we reach the other side—there are no words, or paintings, that can thank you enough.”