Together apART: Picturing an Invisible Threat

ArtsWestchester

An orb surrounded by protruding spikes -- the structure of the COVID-19 virus, usually depicted as red and angry, was the threat we couldn’t see but all feared. Artists in this collection attempted to magnify the shape and form of both the microscopic virus and its far-reaching impact.

Falling Man (21st Century) by Tony MooreArtsWestchester

"Within the context of the pandemic, my abstracted work serves as a metaphor for both the anxieties and aspirations toward the future."

Rising Sun (21st Century) by Monique MichaelsArtsWestchester

"Being able to escape into nature was a way for me to deal with the impact of suddenly being isolated. I was doing everything in one giant lofty room that served as my studio and living space with my four cats" To my surprise, I found a deep sense of healing in the midst of an uncertain world."

Cornered by Covid (21st Century) by Erna BroutArtsWestchester

"...after seeing those greyish Corona spheres with red/orange antennae floating about on our media screens, I found that I needed to find a way to recreate them in 2D and 3D to gain some understanding. They haunted me with their growing presence locking us into the fatal disease."

Ripple (21st Century) by Meera AgarwalArtsWestchester

"My Ripple series is inspired by the ripple effect of goodness we experienced in our communities, even as the covid-19 pandemic engulfed and crippled us in many ways."

"GONE" (21st Century) by Karin MeyersArtsWestchester

"Being essentially cloistered at home, I found myself constantly bombarded by images related to the Covid pandemic. The images reminded me of all we had lost, all that was gone from our lives."

Breathe In Breathe Out Breathe In (21st Century) by Antoinette WysockiArtsWestchester

"During Shelter In Place, and having to homeschool I began a project with my children to teach them how to make pigments. I used elderberry - one of the homeopathic treatments that might protect us from the virus - to make a vibrant and deep tone."

Alone/Together (21st Century) by Bernard MindichArtsWestchester

"I see the imagery as biomorphic representations of humans in lonely and longing postures. Some of the materials used to create the maquettes might be viewed as pandemic related in that they emanate from simple medicinal (pill) packaging."

Self-Portrait in the Time of Covid (21st Century) by Win ZibeonArtsWestchester

"There was every chance that we could and would die from it. It was coming for me. It was bigger than I was. There was nothing I could do except scrub my hands, wear a mask, and run like hell."

Raging Coronavirus (21st Century) by Hilda Green DemskyArtsWestchester

"It’s too painful to hear about all of the deaths. My general outlook of being happy and loving nature has turned to darkness. Thank goodness I have my studio and can express my feelings in paint."

Portal (21st Century) by Erin KochArtsWestchester

"I had been working as an event planner at a retreat center for 13 years when Covid hit. All our events were canceled, soon after I was furloughed, and finally, I was let go. As a single woman, I was cast into isolation at the exact moment I needed community the most. To cope and stay busy, I developed a daily studio routine and offered art classes online to children."

Friendship or Knot (21st Century) by Linda FineganArtsWestchester

"I learned a quilting pattern called ‘Double Friendship Knot.’ It is a variation of a mid-20th century pattern. I wanted to combine that with what was going on in the world today, hoping that the countries of the world might join together in friendship to diagnose, treat and solve this disease before it got worse."

Corona Monsters Series 2, #1 (21st Century) by Linda NegrinArtsWestchester

"By mixing “the dots,” the vivid colors of Fauvism, the audacity of Pop Art, and the fantasy of Surrealism, a second, calmer and less violent iteration of my Corona Monsters evolved."

Love is Contagious (21st Century) by Joan Hannigan VogtArtsWestchester

"When I sat down to recreate the war-zones of Covid, I realized I had to fill the surrounding spaces with other colors. What started out as an attempt to re-create a diagram, failed. Because there is no such thing as empty space during a crisis. In the end, it all became a red-zone. But layered over that was love, compassion, bravery and hope."

CovidStar (21st Century) by Scott SeaboldtArtsWestchester

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