|In almost every aspect of our lives, the past weeks have been amongst the most taxing in modern history. COVID-19 has infiltrated nearly all aspects of our daily routines, from our work and family schedules to friend dates and hobbies. Partial to full lockdowns have caused the closure of restaurants, retail stores, and public entertainment venues that host galleries, concerts, sporting events, plays, conventions, films, and more.
Arts organizations continue to struggle with the disastrous cost and ramification of closing their buildings, and freelance artists of all trades are adapting to their careers and incomes being on hold. Despite these challenges, Chilean artists have devised innovative and resourceful expressions of creativity and resilience as performers of all disciplines transition to e-commerce, host online classes and performances, and offer virtual tours of art exhibitions.
In this series, we will meet Chilean artists who are adapting their lives and careers amid a global pandemic. Learn about what has inspired their artistic journey, the challenges they’re learning to overcome, and how they find support in their communities.
Meet Valentina Rosenblüt
1. Can you tell me about your work, and how you began your professional journey?
Mamba Ceramicas was born amid a vocational and personal crisis. I was unhappy with my design career, a fast-paced and demanding environment, where I wasn’t allowed to practice unfettered creative expression. The lack of freedom, monetary pressures, along with internal and external expectations, swept me into depression.
I’ve always considered myself a creative person, and when I started to feel that my authentic vision was restricted, the emotional uneasiness that I had been experiencing transformed into physical pain.
On a quest to battle the discomfort, I participated in my first pottery course. My stress levels depleted, and the back pain began to alleviate. Since that moment, I dedicated my life to ceramics.
My passion and company developed organically. I was surprised when I realized that people were willing to purchase my art since my job feels more like play than work.
2. How has the quarantine affected your business? Have you needed to postpone or cancel appointments?
As a result of the quarantine, I’ve had to postpone classes. At the beginning, I was scared – I even thought that while the pandemic endured, I would need to find work in an unrelated field. It was a wonderful surprise to find out that I was getting enough orders to get by, at least for the moment. I’m trying to keep my social networks active by sharing my artistic methods and creations with viewers. Curiously, March and April were filled with loads of orders!
3. How can the community support you from home? Are you working on products available for purchase online? Do you have gift cards available that can be used at a later date?
I think that what helps the most is when people share my artwork, through any available means. That way, more people get to know me, and the Mamba Ceramicas community grows! Even if they do not intend to buy a piece, the support and love that I receive is beneficial and motivates me to carry on despite any obstacles. My artwork is displayed and is available for purchase on Instagram, stop by, and say hello!
4. What is the best way to connect with you online?
Read here part I of the Creators in Quarantine-series: