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Paul said: “In April 2020 I began playing half hour gigs on my own street. You know, to cheer things up a bit. Being a residential area I wanted to limit the playing time to go easy on the inmates.
"Invariably the weekly Friday shows got longer. People started to get dressed up for the one event in the week that wasn’t virtual, responsibly dotting themselves apart from each other. My naturally conservative cul-de-sac was coming out of its bubble for genuine interaction. People were speaking for the first time to neighbours they’d been avoiding for decades.
"Food and wine were exchanged freely... Did I mention we married a couple? After 15 Fridays I stopped the shows because that’s part of the cycle. But for a couple of months you could feel the gap between the seconds, a gap in which the animals giggled, alienation stumbled and our shy little close looked in the mirror and liked itself.”
Oil on canvas.
Framed: 63 x 53 x 2.5 cms (24.80 x 4.34 x 0.46 inches).
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