We continue to fight a campaign of resistance against the mutations and variants that SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus) throws at us. The pandemic has affected us all, often in a myriad of ways, losing loved ones, contracting Covid ourselves, watching the world change from the Before Times to something new and often terrifying. This artwork, For Thee, will focus on our loss (ongoing) and help process our personal, national, and global pain.
For Thee, a visual and auditory body of sculptural and two-dimensional work, mourns our collective experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. The installation will include prints, drawings, and three sculptures, 4 ft tall steel bells which I welded from decommissioned oxygen tanks, the type used to keep Covid patients alive. The bells ring with a slight push and sound like the tolling of church bells. With encouragement, viewers will name those they lost to Covid and ring the bells in their memories.
I am creating hand-drawn pen and ink, 4 in x 4 in “tiles” on thick paper. (See submitted images.) No two are the same. These images represent the coronavirus, changing and mutating over time, producing the variants still plaguing us, and the corresponding changes in human behavior and populations world-wide.
If we are to eventually heal, those of us who are still standing must face and remember what and who we have lost.