These three assemblages were made during the first weeks of quarantine here in Queens NY...the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
The process of making artwork has been the most healing endeavor as I channeled my hope and fear as countless sirens filled the air.
Emergence is comprised of dyed cowhide, back-painted glass, crocheted fabric, iridescent leathers, dyed feathers and mussel shells on 300-pound watercolor paper in white shadowbox. 20 x 20 inches.
Transference is made with some of the same materials. 10 x 10 inches.
These images reference ideas of moving through barriers, being set free and emerging triumphant. Some of the shells are nestled into the fabric or discretely hidden to suggest the new reality of sheltering-in-place.
Inside Out is an assemblage with dichroic glass mirror, cut conch shells, feathers and seedpods. 20 x 20 inches on 300-pound watercolor paper in shadowbox.
The image flirts with perception as it appears to be a an external view of a window with pretty foliage dancing in the wind. But the floating objects reference a hostile army of air-born virus. The mirror becomes a metaphor for this time known as the great pause. It beckons the viewer to look inside, to reflect and to enter into the safety of our own shelter.
The Great Pause, Time for Reflection
Visual Arts, COVID-19