Before Covid Virus took hold in Connecticut I was presented with a treasure trove of brain cell photographs which belonged to a Yale neuroscientist. Many of these photographs are beautiful. They serve as metaphors for problem solving and medical research: techniques indispensible to finding a remedy for Covid’s quagmire.
PANDEMIC is a 48x116 inch collage created from hundreds of brain cell photographs. These photographs were cut into fragments, then pasted together. Horizontal and vertical masking tape divide the collage into map-sized grids. Black masking tape markers indicate the major places where Covid 19 was detected. The black, white, and gray photographs represent people of all colors and backgrounds. In its entirety, Covid Variations infers that people of all nationalities must work together to rid this country and the world of this insistent plague.
DR. FAUCI’S DREAM is an 83x61 inch canvas-backed collage. Its bottom section repeats the brain cell Pandemic collage described above. Brightly colored segments in the middle section of this collage are drawn away from the earth to the sun/flower/clock at the upper most portion of the canvas. The sun/flower/clock implies that in time this pandemic will expire.
PANDORA’S BOX 20/20 A 20 X 20 inch box, painted red on the outside, is covered on its interior and on its four upper flaps with brain cell photographs. This box’s inside is also covered with the same brain cell photographs. Black tape segments represent the locations where Covid is present; the masking tape needs no explanation. Their placement in the box’s interior indicates Covid contagions are fleeing from the box. The box’s flaps list the world’s evils that, in the Greek mythological story, escaped from Pandora’s Box: greed, envy, pain, disease, hunger, poverty, war, death. Besides these tribulations, the flaps also include evils in the world we live in today: guns, war, riots, climate change, isolation and more. The only word left inside the Pandora’s Box of old was HOPE. THE Covid 20/20 box’s interior also projects the word HOPE, but this word emanates from a contemporary LED light fixture. TIME CAPSULE, with its plethora of images, recalls life’s tribulations in 2020. This collage references social, political, and cultural problems that plagued America and the world during this troublesome year.
TIME CAPSULE, (42x42x4 inches) with its plethora of images, recalls life’s tribulations in 2020. This collage references social, political, and cultural problems that plagued America and the world during this troublesome year.
NOT A PIECE OF CAKE This cake is made from a picture of the Covid Virus, a red rope, modeling paste, styrofoam, paint, a syringe, black circles and a candle. A red rope spiral is in cake’s center, where a Covid photograph and “2020” are located. The rope cuts a widening spiral to the cake’s perimeter. Black dots show the journey’s flight from Covid. A red dot, candle, empty syringe, and “2021” indicate an approaching emancipation from Covid ‘s grip.
NEVER DELIVERED, A Post Office budget cut caused unnecessary hardships during Covid. This resulted in Post Office closings, short hours, less staff, long lines, and slow service. This collage illustrated the Post Offices’ inadequacies during the pandemic: The package was never delivered, but returned to sender.
UNITED WE STAND, A two-sided work on a Plexiglas divider, such as those used to prevent the spread of Covid, has a completed puzzle of the United States on side 1. A black surface on the side 2 reveals individual puzzle pieces in free fall. Side 1 states “United we stand, divided we fall.” Side 2 states “What separates us, divide us.
DOUBLE VISION is a two-sided artwork on Plexiglas. One side is labeled 2020. It is covered with somber black and grey toned painted CDs. Its colors reflect the bleak atmosphere caused by Covid. On side 2021, the CDs’ shimmering effects and intense middle red circles reflect the anticipated joy in the impending dissemination of vaccines that promise a more normal way of life. Double Vision artwork is 48x32 inches without its stand; 63x36 inches with its stand.
My idea to use a plexiglas sheet strung from a coatrack was inspired by dividers used in commercial settings during Covid. Hopefully, these safety dividers separated and protected customers and store personnel from catching the Covid virus.
The CD discs in Double Vision refer to keeping records of events during 2020, 2021: what Double Vision is all about.