The Union: #8 Karen Leabo

Karen Leabo

Since we had to postpone our first art show—The Union—we’ve decided to turn this into an opportunity to digitally showcase all the artists who’d submitted to the show. We’ve asked the artists to write about their experiences during this extraordinatry time—how they’re feeling and coping, or what kind of work has the self-quarantine and social distancing inspired?

Karen Leabo

I’ve been a latent visual artist my whole life, occasionally indulging, very occasionally selling a painting or a piece of handmade jewelry, but the Art Clout show was my first ever time submitting to any kind of show or exhibit. Imagine my delighted surprised when my work was accepted. So  it was doubly disappointing when the show had to be postponed, though I have full faith it will happen.

The situation we’re all living through right now is, of course, awful and scary in so many ways, but I am fortunate in that I’m pretty well situated to get through it relatively unscathed. My “day job” is an online business (selling vintage items and occasionally art or crafts online). While my inventory sourcing is limited, I have stacks of stuff to sell still on hand, so I just go about my business as usual, at least for now. 

But quarantine has also provided an opportunity to spend more time being creative. I have to admit I have not taken full advantage of the bit of extra time I have now that used to be spent out in the world. I have instead been working on my garden and home improvements. The garden is peaceful and meditative, as much an act of creation (or co-creation, I guess, since I can’t claim complete responsibility for growing a flower) as a painting or sculpture.

But I do want to create more art, and I haven’t completely neglected it. I am working on a new assemblage piece, inspired by the “memory jugs” of the 19th century created chiefly in the African-American culture to memorialize a loved one and to decorate their grave. Mine is decorated mostly with found or cast off objects that might trigger imagination or emotion. (Or it might just look like junk–viewer’s choice!)

Thanks for the opportunity to touch base with other artists. I am a bit of a recluse, and social media (or social anything) doesn’t come easily to me, but I’m working on that too.

Stay safe, everyone, and my you be inspired to create wonderful things.

Karen Leabo Original Art

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1 Comment

  1. Great to see you here, Karen. Good luck with your art and your garden. Probably more useful projects than what I’m doing with my quarantine. Stay healthy.

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