How are you doing? Are you surviving social isolation? Are you feeling OK? Are you finding ways to stay connected?
Here in California we have complete lockdown. Everyone has been ordered to shelter in place and stay home, until further notice. At this point we don’t know how long that will be.
We’re only allowed to go out for basic necessities, like grocery shopping and doctor visits. Fortunately exercise is considered necessary, which means I can go out for walks. All businesses are closed, except those deemed essential, which doesn’t include hair salons. In a few weeks we’re all going to look ragged!
As an artist, it’s probably easier for me to cope with these changes than it might be for others. I work at home anyway, and I’m used to being alone. So far I’m enjoying the more relaxed pace, although I do miss the groups, classes and other activities that kept me connected to the outside world.
I’ve been using my free time to experiment in the studio. I’m still working with collage, and I wanted to try some purely abstract pieces. My first piece is shown below. It’s part of a series that’s going to be about the coronavirus experience.
I develop these pieces the same way I would do a painting. First I put down an “underpainting” of large images of color, then I layer other pieces on top. Most of the “underpainting” gets covered up, but it helps to start with something other than white, and I like the small pieces of “underpainting” that show through. The collages are made using pictures and text cut from discarded catalogs and magazines.
This first collage is about the experience of social isolation and social distancing. Click on the image to see it larger in a browser.
“Social Isolation,” 20 x 16 inches, mixed media on canvas panel
What have you learned about yourself through social isolation and this crisis? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.
With love and appreciation,