moment as storytelling in
the time of Corona
This body of work translates impressions of moments during the pandemic into expressive mixed media works on paper, acrylic, and wood as well as brief diary entries and poems.
After 2019 as we shifted into the pandemic, my work took a shift to the fleeting, towards invisible forces like wind and nature and the internet. I craved the ephemeral and spiritual- fragile moments in time. I craved something aesthetic that documented and translated the mood. I wanted to jar and encapsulate those moments- the good, the bad, and the beautiful.
I began to layer personal experiences and observations, stories from friends, and dreams into compositions. The materials needed to be gossamer and driven by line like memories themselves that form delicate wrinkles in our mind. I dug up humble charcoal paper or wood boards with a pantina or stained or broken canvases. Found and mixed media materials needed a degree of unreliability and to show signs of unreliability or age. My hand urged translucent ink and layered acrylic or watercolor or glitter or graphite in quick expressive strokes. The forms and subjects tended to vary- reflecting the emotive highs and lows of a tumultuous few years- but always translating those memories or events heavy with movement, layers, and episodic details- often colored by a newfound appreciation of nature.
Like the pandemic moment itself, I wanted something momentary and unstable. The resultant series known simply as “impressions” are those observations taken from 2019-2022. Moments of beauty, of the mundane, and magical impressions of the present. The works journey form points of fear to quiet aloneness to the slow easing into a joy to just be present in moments of normalcy.