Studio Notes: COVID The Conqueror - a little light relief in lockdown

COVID The Conqueror Carl Gopalkrishnan March 2020 CopyrightThis is a painting in progress imagining COVID19 as a solitary haunting figure in the outback landscape of my home state of Western Australia. A bit like a ghost. And it's so quiet everywhere right now.  So this is one of those cathartic paintings I use to dump my anger at this virus, which has stopped the planet.  I'm not sure how it will finish, but I like the emptiness and, for some strange reason, Joan Colins in her alter ego of Alexis Carrington, shooting the crap our of Covid-19. Go Girl!. It's set inside the Australian Radio Quiet Zone WA (ARQZWA) which supports the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO).  I've always wanted to visit but it's a little hush hush ... like Pine Gap, not at all accessible. Perhaps one day I'll be allowed in to paint there. Anyway, so the COVID-19 Lockdown feels like what it might be like inside the Radio Quiet Zone. No title yet, probably a version of "You'll Never Take Denver Carrington Away frmo Me". 


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