A few weeks before Colorado went on lockdown I had already gotten major vibes about the impending pandemic. My husband and I gathered supplies for ourselves and the cats to hunker down for a few months. Our last grocery shopping trip was March 13.
Being in a high-risk group, I was at first terrified of everything and was focused 100% on not getting the virus and surviving. Once things settled, it felt "normal" to me to always be at home. But nothing about it was normal. As the death tolls mounted daily so did my inward, depressing thoughts. I glared out my window at Spring unable to really create anything. When I finally did, it was dark and ugly but expressed all of the morbid feelings that had come to reside in my mind needing to be let out.
In order to help break myself out of the funk I decided to chronicle the daily quarantine news and life on a roll of toilet paper; the most valuable currency on the planet at the height of the lockdowns. These sketches were nothing more than stick figures but gave me a way to journal my reactions to the constant changes we were all going through. In May, I was able to leave quarantine in our home and start working in a new studio. That was a lifesaver for me. I was excited to have an inspiring new place to work and relaxed into my surroundings to create serious, meaningful work.

Corpse Tsunami, 2020 is a multimedia piece. The original is a soft pastel on Arches paper. I then photographed it and used several different apps on my phone to isolate and animate parts into a short video clip. The flying figures were my first visual when the image of creating this piece flashed into my mind.

Covid Hotel, 2020 is the first pastel piece I added animation to. I used the familiar flashing Vacancy/No Vacancy sign to covey the message of urgency to heed the social distancing warnings being given out across the world and America. 

Silently Going Viral, 2020 brought the invisible images of the Covid-19 coronavirus to life. "Going viral" has been a phrase in our lexicon for many years now. How often do we relate it back to what it really means?

Silently Going Viral, 2020
Silently Going Viral, 2020
Corpse Tsunami
Corpse Tsunami
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Covid Hotel, 2020
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Pandemic, March 16, 2020
Hello, My Name is Pam
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