These last six months have been strangely surreal. Restricted to our homes, communicating electronically, feeling very lost, slightly frightened, and a little lonely. The divisive political climate in the United States has certainly not helped reassure us. Our anxiety level is very high.
It has been a strange, sad summer for Brian and I. All travel plans were cancelled, most significantly our annual trip to Cape Cod in May to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday, his ninety-sixth. A very unfortunate cancellation, as my father-in-law died two weeks after we would have returned from our planned trip. Which brought on a new set of stressors: dealing with the grief of the loss of our last remaining and highly cherished parent, and dealing with settling his estate, both without the ability to actually travel to New Jersey to take care of things. That has been the theme of the summer for us, time spent on the phone and the computer, trying to organize and settle things and hoping for a time when we can gather the family to celebrate Pop's long and wonderful life.
As an artist, I probably found the isolation of the shutdown much less stressful than many people. I can't think of anything that I would rather do than spend endless days in my studio, working on my art. Of course, it wasn't that easy. At first, I was restless and unfocussed. I had spent the previous two months getting ready for two shows, one a solo show, the other a two-person show, that were to take place in March. One cancelled, the other hung for months in an empty gallery in a closed art center. So I had, unfortunately, an empty design wall and a pretty much empty head. For several days I sat and stared at the empty design wall. Then I decided to just start cutting, piecing, and slashing and see where it would take me. It took me here:
|Descending into Chaos, 15" x 33" © 2020|
|Viral Spike #1, ©2020|
|Viral Spike #2, ©2020|
|Reaching Out, ©2020|
I also spent weeks making a new quilt for our bed. A king sized improv log cabin. It is still in progress. I used some of my hand printed fabrics for the centers of the blocks, and pieced it in four 50" x 50" quadrants. Three are done, one is still a pile of blocks. Here is one of them: