Arts·COVID Residencies

If you can't go out into the world, create your own — at least, that's what Matea Radic is doing

In isolation in Winnipeg, the artist is drawing a daily comic populated by quirky characters from her own mind (in between naps and squats).

In isolation in Winnipeg, the artist is drawing a daily comic populated by quirky characters from her own mind

If you can't go out into the world, create your own - at least, that's what Matea Radic is doing

3 years ago
Duration 3:00
In isolation in Winnipeg, artist Matea Radic is drawing a daily comic, populated by quirky characters from her own mind - in between naps and squats.

In our self-shot video series COVID Residencies, we're checking out how artists are adapting their practices in isolation, whether it's diving into different processes or getting lost in their sketchbooks.

Ok, we'll admit it — we have special affection for Matea Radic. When we featured her in a video a couple of years ago, she showed us her illustrations that were charming, quirky and not afraid to show some skin.

So when we started thinking about how artists were adapting to isolation, it was only natural that we looked to Winnipeg and Radic's home studio. We weren't disappointed — she's making good use of alone time by creating a detailed world in her head, translated into a daily comic called Good Guise.

(Matea Radic)

In this video that Radic shot herself, you'll get a glimpse into how life during strange times is working for her — and you'll meet Goldie and Bertie, just two of her new characters.

Follow Matea Radic here and keep a lookout for the stories we're bringing you from other artists in isolation as part of COVID Residencies. Stay safe, friends!

(Matea Radic)

CBC Arts understands that this is an incredibly difficult time for artists and arts organizations across this country. We will do our best to provide valuable information, share inspiring stories of communities rising up and make us all feel as (virtually) connected as possible as we get through this together. If there's something you think we should be talking about, let us know by emailing us at cbcarts@cbc.ca. See more of our COVID-related coverage here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lise Hosein is a producer at CBC Arts. Before that, she was an arts reporter at JazzFM 91, an interview producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. When she's not at her CBC Arts desk she's sometimes an art history instructor and is always quite terrified of bees.

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