What is an inter/trans-disciplinary artist? One who leaps from here to there and back again. One who can always see the big picture. One for whom the world is equally compelling and revolting, revealing and concealing. One who sees the personal and political, creative, social and environmental as often one, and for whom a single medium and point of view is never enough.
Hello everyone! I hope you are staying well and safe! Many people have asked me about making artwork during the COVID 19 crisis. I prepared this statement for an artist friend of mine at ProArts NJ and I am including it here:
As my artwork usually deals with my inner psyche/world in combination with how I experience the outer landscape, it is a challenging time for me create my art without increasing my anxiety and sadness.
I have dealt with this by first taking a break from such artwork to create a new art project for the students, families and teachers I normally work with in Paterson New Jersey. Doing so helps me to use my artistry and creativity in an emotionally "lighter" venue and gives me a sense of pride and other positive feelings that sustaain me when I am back in my studio.
Now the new blog I created for them is launched, and running smoothly, and I have returned to my studio work in which I do find, unsurprisingly, that the image of the COVID 19 virus is turning up in my drawings. Because I know this subject matter is emotionally loaded for me, I do meditation work before creating and I take breaks when needed. When all else fails and my emotionas start to overwhelm me, I simply stop working and take a longer break in my backyard in Brooklyn.
This always cheers me up and I feel very fortunate to have such an outdoor place. When the weather gets warmer I plan to create my art out there while I can also hear the birds and smell the flowers even as I engage with COVID 19 as a subject.