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?
I have never seen anything like this virus in my lifetime. I am probably a good 15 to 20 years older than most of the artist that submitted work. I hope this never happens in anyone’s life again.
What has been going on for me is that I am working like I never worked before! I have no time left in my life to live less than. I must live bigger than life now. I have had enough in my life (yes, I could write a book) that have put me in predicaments that were stressful. I lost my husband 3 ½ years ago and I’ve done quite well considering. Yet, it has been a struggle and now it is time to step forward out of this dooming and glooming threat and rise above. I will not go back! I am only going forward.
I found this quote below. I can’t remember why or how but I copied it as it resonates with all of us now.
Toni Morrison, American novelist, essayist, editor, teacher and professor emeritus at Princeton University and the first African American Woman to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 passed away Monday night may have said it best, “This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. This is how civilizations heal.”
Ok, so let me tell you what I have been doing.
I have been experimenting with print transfers. I pull many images from fashion magazines because I just love figurative works. The faces can’t be so beautiful but intriguing. They must tell a story. I feel I’ve had some success with the images and that I will be able to price them reasonably due to size. I would like to create personal commissions in this abstract format. I just request that the photos of their own face submitted be very creative so I can do my thing on it.
The work that I submitted for the show was one of my original silk paintings. That is a medium I have working on for over 20 years. During this quarantine time, I have been brainstorming on doing a massive piece of work that I will bring forth to completion this year. I am excited about that possibility. Stay tuned!
Thank you, Art Clout for the opportunity to share our work and support all of us!!!