One of my recent sculptures is included in an exhibition titled “Quarantine” at Gulf Coast State College’s Amelia Center Gallery. The exhibition is on display from October 12 – November 6, 2020. I’m honored to be included within this diverse group of artists who have responded to their personal experiences with the pandemic.
“The work in Quarantine offers a time capsule of the events of the past six month. Each artist provides a record of his/her experience with the pandemic, from personal isolation, to questions of mortality, to national unrest and everything in between. Together they reflect what we have all felt, though, and experienced during this moment in time. The exhibit features work by Raina Benoit, Inga Kimberly Brown, Sarah Burris, Gary Chapman, Heather Clements , Sharbani Das Gupta, TJ Erdahl, Magda Gluszek, Wesley Harvey, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Sarah Smelser, Gabriel Lovejoy, Norah Lovell, Elyse-Krista Mische, Chris Musina, Meghan Sullivan, Jos Sances, Keith Smith, Lauren Woods, Erin Wright, and Mandy Yourick.”
The piece that I chose to exhibit is titled “Head in the Sand”
“My sculpture is a response not only to our time in quarantine due to the Covid 19 pandemic, but to the environmental, social, and political situations that have escalated alongside it. They feel deeply connected, and all of them resonate with a sense of incredible tension. There were times in the beginning of the actual quarantine when I convinced myself I couldn’t breathe. The only thing that helped me tame that anxiety was to practice yoga. If I could breathe while in yoga positions, I could illustrate to myself that my challenge was mental and not physical. I found it incredibly difficult to make art during this time. My tendency was to “hide” in simple pleasures (knitting, baking, gardening, hiking). Social media made me realize I was not alone in this, but I still felt like my inability to face reality was a form of sticking my head in the sand. This sculpture took me longer to build than any other figure I have created in the last ten years. It was a painful process, but I’m grateful to have a reason and a place to share it with you.”