Covid shattered my plans and altered my outlook. The vase held flowers my dad gave to my mom when I was born. It is looking into a broken antique mirror portraying me reflecting on life in 2020. The hand mirror was given to me by my sister-in-law. My mom’s childhood doll is in a bottle represents self-isolation. My mom’s cross painted to look like a medieval one represents my faith and the plagues of the past. In the background I used dead flowers which are spiky like the covid virus. Other personal items: my grandfather’s watch and mother-in-law’s salt cellar.
The pandemic has had a profound impact on my art. I am a landscape artist painting in my studio using photos from my travels. When Covid-19 started I desperately needed new inspiration. A planned Canada trip had to be canceled due to travel restrictions. The unmet need for new ideas combined with other factors quickly stalled my painting endeavors. Eventually I started painting from life, no longer relying on photos. My “Pandemic Life” series is based on how covid has affected me. I use personal items, glass containers and color to convey my experiences and thoughts about 2020.