We are all figuring out ways to stay sane during these difficult days. We are seeking comfort …in familiar foods, in escapist entertainment, even in our daily routines.
We are walking more, appreciating the beauty in our own backyards, and staying social, yet six feet apart from our fellow humans. Finding comfort through my art and helping others do the same keeps me motivated and moving forward. As a teacher, it is so rewarding for me to create art activities that inspire other artists to try something new. It also pushes me to re-envision my own art.
My “Peace & Love” solo art show in August at the The Reston Art Gallery & Studios, is a collection of work created during lock down when I was away from my studio. I did not have my usual supplies and was forced to work with limited materials. The first set of “Peace & Love” minis was created with only glue sticks, old book pages, magazines, color papers and scissors. The work is adhered to gesso boards. Creating them provided a form of art therapy as I ripped and cut out shapes.
“Moments in Time”, a grid composition consisting of nine individually framed 4″ squares is a reflection of our current state. We are all learning how to stay connected while social distancing. We are learning new methods of communication and one in particular is quite square. I am referring to Zoom of course where we prepare the top halves of our selves for our digital presence. We see ourselves and we see others all framed within our own unique settings. Many of us are connecting with local neighbors as well as far away friends all over the world. “Moments in Time” captures the individual in collaboration with the group. Each piece is composed of hand painted papers placed in a strata format referencing colorful landscapes as well as the heartbeat of our souls. Click here to see my video on You Tube for more detail about “Moments in Time”
For me there is much comfort in moving images around, finding interesting ways to group shapes and colors and then adding layers, hiding what once was and revealing a new and unexpected narrative.
My wish is for my visual stories to offer you comfort as well in the form of a deep breath of fresh air. Just breathe in. Reflect. And breathe out.
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