Hand-colored linocut, 16 x 20
When the pandemic first hit, I painted a huge oil painting called Pandemic Sisters. It’s really big, so I made a linocut that catches the same vibe: claustrophobic, chaotic, and a bit crazy. I often paint my sisters, and they are the focus of this print…because putting them together within a small format is inherently claustrophobic. And they also suggest relationships, figuratively and literally. These “sisters” are shoulder to shoulder, but their eyes suggest that they are inward-looking, trying to make sense of their own place within the group and within themselves …. Just as we all are.
I have gone through a cocktail of emotions…everywhere from claustrophobia to boredom to happiness. In a way, these three artworks are like the five steps of the grieving process that move from denial and anger to acceptance. I think we all have grieved for the normalcy of our past lives but have now accepted that the pandemic is with us and we need to learn to live with it and carve out new lives.