Australian Art Director Creates Quarantined Artwork Using Brown Paper Bags (VIDEO) | Life
KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 – An Australian art director is using his time from Covid-19 quarantine to create cowboy badges from brown paper bags containing meals sent to his hotel room.
In addition to a “horse,” which David Marriott named Russell (as in “rustle”), he also created a cowboy outfit and turned a poke bowl into a cowboy hat.
Marriott is in its 10-day mandatory two-week quarantine at a Brisbane hotel, The Guardian reported.
The Sydney-based art director has made the most of his prop and costume design skills since entering Australian quarantine following an unscheduled trip to London for the funeral of his father, who died suddenly in late February after being entered hospital following a fall, before finally succumbing to Covid.
Marriott had expected “two long weeks” after observing a similar period of isolation in his sister’s house when he landed in London, so he tried to prepare for a smooth return.
He bought a portable speaker to play music and ordered several balls, planning to learn juggling himself.
He was, however, distracted by the brown paper bags his meals went into as quarantine dragged on.
“I thought it was a really cool bag and it was good quality thick brown paper.”
“I have already worked with this medium, because it is very well structured”, he would have declared.
He then ordered a pair of scissors and duct tape.
On the third day of her quarantine, Marriott had poke for lunch, which arrived in a round paper bowl.
âI thought, it’s a hat, if I add a brim to it. It was the start of the cowboy, and the vest and leggings came naturally.
As for the horse, Marriott initially wanted to use boxes to build Russell, but then decided to use the ironing board and desk lamp in his bedroom.
Marriott’s designs also helped lift the spirits of his mother and sister whom he featured on Facetime calls.
âIt made my mom laugh, which was the best. Seeing her laugh again was worth it. “
âPeople just need to laugh a little. It cheers them up. “
In his late 40s, Marriott hopes to recreate a scene from The Godfather by putting Russell’s head on his bed for the cleaning ladies to find.
He also hopes his art will draw attention to a lack of recycling in hotel quarantine and provide others with ideas on how to use their quarantine time creatively.
âIt transports you to an alternate universe, out of quarantine. It’s a bit like a dream.