People are influenced by what they experience. The current pandemic has many of us even more focused than usual on what it is we want to do with our time, and what we want to say. I will share with you my newest artwork (created February to mid-March), and what I was thinking about. This is my way of writing an OP-ED.
I took many reference photos last summer, showing the obsession of so many tourists to photograph everything in sight. I have been itching to use these images of photographers as models for many months, and in February gave myself permission to do so. I selected white noise fabrics for the backgrounds, and used alien skin colors. Cartoons are an enjoyable way to poke fun at this activity. The name of this piece is Ridiculous.
I am happy with OK Smile, because I figured out how to make the figures see-through, and I used a lot of fabulous fun zebra fabric! Will we see each other in the crowd, or be lost in the static?
Vacation implies that a crowd of people exists in all directions. (Even before COVID-19, the close proximity of people was oppressive for some of us.) I used summery colors and added a road, because much time is spent on a bus.
I wanted to create an abstract artwork using some of the gold flecked fabrics found in the hair, shirt and coats of Ridiculous. I was following the scary WHO news and wanted to comment on it. I know that the pandemic will get far worse in the United States before it gets better. This artwork is a projection into the future, and an acknowledgement that this too will pass, in time. The name is Better Days Ahead.
On March 13th, just as I was coming down with a cold, and the first case of COVID-19 was reported in Wyoming, I created Your Pretty Umbrella Will Not Protect You. Even though this person examines the news with her camera, she is probably not ready for what is ahead. I included the steep curve of infection in Italy.
I have become aware of the alignment of family and friends spending time in the kitchen. When my daughter was a baby she sucked her thumb to sooth herself. While staying at home and away from groups, it appears that baking is our national thumb sucking activity! This abstract piece is called Savor the Aromas From the Kitchen. Can you spot the fresh bread, spiced tea, and garlic chicken soup? Don’t you wish that you could save those lovely smells in your pocket, and retrieve them later?
Fast Concoction for a cold day: Saute (in extra virgin olive oil) a small amount of burger with garlic and red pepper. Add small amount of left over banza noodles, black beans, a small can each of mild chili peppers and black olives. Top with cubes of Montery Jack cheese. This recipe can also be a cool concoction for a warm day. Just serve cold with a little dressing added. Do you have some salad or fresh fruit for the side?