Inside-out | Kirsty Lumm

Image 1: final piece
Title: Inside-out


Inside-out, By Kirsty Lumm, Independent Artist

Artwork Title: Inside-out

Process: photocopy transfer using acetone for the words in the background, charcoal portrait drawing, dripping inks and paint over the top.


This is my response to the Corona virus lockdown. Being locked inside had brought everything out. One day I feel like my creative studio home is bliss, the next I feel locked in a prison with nothing but my thoughts to keep me company.

Preparing words for photocopy transfer


This artistic process has been hugely challenging whilst also incredible. This is portrayed with the juxtapositioned words ‘incredible, insecure, intense, inside’. I chose to use photocopy transfer to express these feelings as the faint marks left give a ghostly impression, showing how the words are never in my thoughts enough to overwhelm me but always somewhere there.

First successful photocopy transfer… (finally)


The charcoal scribbled portrait has not been done with much precision and time, I feel currently most days I am just a figure being lived in and consumed by my thoughts and feelings, this is emphasised by the mental rain pouring over me, almost taking over this world. The colours of the ink and paint are not dark but they are stormy.

Second Draft


Although this piece is intense and the lockdown has been challenging, the more I have looked at my painting the more I have realised these rain and thoughts can create seeds for growth.





This is the seventh in our Feminist Everyday Lockdown Blog Series. Lockdown is a feminist issue, and sharing stories is a feminist practice. We are calling for further contributions to the CHASE Feminist Network blog on everyday feminism and lockdown. This includes creative, political, and personal reflections!  Full details here

Catch up on other Feminist Everyday Lockdown Blogs:

We have a brilliant photo essay in Picturing the Everyday in Lockdown  by @EvangelineTsao and and a beautiful reflection on grief and loss by @BKBains_

Read more on performance in lockdown with Imaginary Songs from the Feminist Future: Unlocking Creativity in Lockdown by @heat_mcknight  and  HOW ARE YOU? HOW ARE YOU FEELING RIGHT NOW? Wrestling with Wellbeing when All the World’s a Screen by @elly_clarke reinjecting meaning into asking ‘How are you?’

Also, Flat, Flat, Flat by @marianasra who we thank for sharing her story of waiting, being and uncertainty in lockdown, and Finding Rest During Covid-19 Lockdown: Rejecting Capitalistic Productivity by @dr_ogbemudia good advice on “spending” time, and finding time to ‘be’!


This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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