Diana Kroshilova

The "Lock Down" Series


“At the beginning of pandemic”

Despite the fact that I have only worked in my home studio for several years, I always needed interaction with people and everyday outdoor walks.

Due to the restrictions imposed, my social life was limited to my family, and instead of my everyday walk, I stared out the window.

In the early days of lockdown, my anxiety grew. And I decided to paint my feelings and what happens to me to cope with this. These works I made became a visual journal of my life during the pandemic.

The “Lock down” series includes 85 acrylic paintings on paper which I divided into 12 parts: Fear, Denial, Depression, Adaptation, Quarantine, Searching for answers, Humility, Hypocrisy, Escape, Return, Repeat, and Exit.


He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.

– Aristotle


I could deny it if I liked. I could deny anything if I liked.

― Oscar Wilde


La tristesse durera toujours.
[The sadness will last forever.]

― Vincent van Gogh


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

― George Bernard Shaw


Do not give way to useless alarm; though it is right to be prepared for the worst, there is no occasion to look on it as certain.

― Jane Austen


There was no answer, except the general answer life gives to all the most complex and insoluble questions. That answer is: one must live for the needs of the day, in other words, become oblivious.

― Leo Tolstoy


Nothing is more scandalous than a man that is proud of his humility.

― Marcus Aurelius


The Ministry of Peace concerns itself with war, the Ministry of Truth with lies, the Ministry of Love with torture and the Ministry of Plenty with starvation. These contradictions are not accidental, nor do they result from from ordinary hypocrisy: they are deliberate exercises in doublethink.

― George Orwell


Escape is a commodity like anything else.

― Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games


It is always the same. Whether you are walking or going by train, the way always seems shorter the second time than the first. (And that is true of distances that are not to be measured in miles and yards.)

― Erich Kästner


Everything goes, everything comes back; eternally rolls the wheel of being. Everything dies, everything blossoms again; eternally runs the year of being. Everything breaks, everything is joined anew; eternally the same House of Being is built. Everything parts, everything greets every other thing again; eternally the ring of being remains faithful to itself. In every Now, being begins; round every Here rolls the sphere There. The center is everywhere. Bent is the path of eternity.

― Friedrich Nietzsche

12. EXIT

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

― Mark Twain