Artist makes incredible watercolour paintings in her sink during lockdown

An Italian artist has been making watercolour paintings with a topical twist.

Creative director Marta Grossi was inspired to start a new project involving a household feature that’s seen a lot of action over recent months – a sink.

After unexpectedly going into coronavirus lockdown in Milan, Marta found she only had some clothes and a set of pocket watercolours with her.

Without any paper at her disposal, she decided to get creative with aforementioned bathroom sink.

Marta tells ‘I realised how many times I heard the phrase “wash your hands.”

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‘I began to detest the sink because it had become a mechanical action and underlined the fear and anxiety rapidly growing everywhere. 

‘The sink quickly became my temporary canvas – unexpected and very complicated.

‘It’s definitely one of the most changeable supports I’ve ever painted on.’

Marta’s watercolour paintings drew on the past nine years that the artist has spent living in Hong Kong, as well as Asia in general.

The beautiful pieces have featured pandas, swans, butterflies, jellyfish, flowers and more – all designed to offer an escape to the natural world during quarantine.

Marta says her works embody themes of human emotions, nature, botany, music and daily life.

She adds: ‘I am very attached to the first one I did, the cherry blossom flowers, because while I was painting it, I was aware that I was beginning a new story and a new temporary artistic project.

‘I try not to be too selective with my works, but each of them represents a state of mind and a precise day of my quarantine.’

Usually the pieces take Marta a few hours to complete. But, with the canvas being a sink, the paintings have an extremely short life.

Marta only keeps her artworks for 24 hours maximum, a factor that makes them extra special.

She says: ‘The water element that dissolves the work in the sink is substantial.

‘Not only does it transform the image and give it a unique context, but it simply makes it temporary and ephemeral.

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🦋 . Wash your hands and be creative ~ project Stay safe Stay inspired . Nothing is permanent. For those who don't know, I am quarantined in Milan, where I previously came for a temporary time and for working projects. Now locked here alone – in a home that is not mine – and unable to come back to my family. I am trying to start my day with a purpose and using my tools to stay mentally and physically healthy. The only thing that always saved my life, is my creativity and now that my few papers are finishing, I am using whatever I find in this apartment. Being creative is a form of therapy and my way to communicate with the world. Now more than ever we need to stay positive and to find beauty even in the unexpected places. Few days ago I thought about the perception of things, about how many times we are reminded to wash our hands since we met the corona virus. The sinks of all the world are now becoming silent companions, we meet every day and under this tragic circumstances, a simple piece of furniture is changing in front of our eyes. This sink is now my temporary canvas, today I saw blue 🦋🦋🦋coming out of it, and reminding me that life is beautiful even in the ugly, scary and the unknown. In few hours I am going to wash my hands again, and this painting will dissolve and disappear. This is the message I want to give, to see the same things with different eyes. To be strong and to appreciate simple little things. I am with you, we are all in this together. Love, Marta Creativity will never stop Video from @martabunny painted with watercolours and filmed with iPhone . #illustration #love #coronavirus #butterfly #power #energy #creativelifehappylife #italy #animals #covid #covid19 #artoftheday #heart #artofinstagram #nature #blue #washyourhands #sink #takecareofyourself #artwork #painting #watercolour #designboom #interiordesign #time #milan #stronger #quarantinelife #design #repgram

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‘The temporary nature of something leads us to appreciate its content more – to enjoy every single moment and to fully live the present.

‘I find this process therapeutic, a flow that helps to let go of things that are not essential in life.’

Thankfully, her unique portfolio is well-documented on her Instagram page.

Marta hopes to make an exhibition of her Wash Your Hands series in future, so that she can share her story and quarantine experience with others.

She adds: ‘We all went through this exceptional time in history and a message of positivity and resilience is essential to move forward.’

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