Flash Art #330
DEPICT A FEELING
Double cover by Tala Madani
“How do you begin to depict a feeling?” Describing her practice, artist Dana Schutz says that this is the question she continually tries to answer. In these very delicate times, it is a question we must also ask ourselves and, by extension, our readers. As part of the art community, like everyone else, we are trying to keep up with a constantly shifting reality.
Lacking definitive answers, our task, both individually and collectively, is to do the next right thing. For us, that next right thing has been to put out this issue of Flash Art. The process of doing so while navigating a constantly changing landscape — events cancelled, supply chains interrupted, collaborators unable to cope with the new reality, distribution networks collapsing — has definitely been an unfamiliar one for all involved.
The theme of this issue, put together back on the pandemic, is an examination of a new sort of figuration in painting that has emerged in recent years. That subject took on a secondary urgency, however, as authors and artists reacted to the current situation.
Cover-story-artist Tala Madani worked on a special project addressing issues of fear, isolation, and illness by reporting on her own state of homebound reclusion, in conversation with artist and life partner Nathaniel Mellors.
Cover 1: Tala Madani, Passage, 2019. Oil on linen. 22 × 16 × 1 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Cover 2: Tala Madani, Digital Tan, 2020. Oil on linen. 55 × 44 × 1 in. Courtesy of the artist. Special cover for Flash Art by Tala Madani.