I have been spending time outside, sometimes hiking in beautiful settings. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to do this as I know there are many people suffering in cramped and crowded places. It is important to take time to focus on yourself especially with what is going on around us.
I painted “Lockdown” at the beginning of March when we had to self-quarantine. It reminded me that when I was young, when I was scared, I would put my hands to my eyes, partially obscuring my vision so that I would not be overwhelmed. Much has happened during the last few months. I continue to watch and witness, even if I am looking through my fingers. From a deadly virus sweeping through our world to a unending flow of racism that has been a consistent major issue, that has still yet to be fully addressed by our government and society as a whole.
I put in an order for some more paints and in the meantime I am experimenting with some new colors. While listening to music I fell into a rhythm using different found materials for texture. I found this experience to be quite relaxing. The surprise of this days work was creating a new hue of green I have not used before.
Times have been different as of late but here’s some light in the dark. About 3 weeks ago I was in Costa Rica on the coast in a little beach town called Samara. It was dusty and hot but we were fortunate enough to view some local art and be enthralled by the beautiful colors the country has to offer. I was drawn to the pure blues that surrounded me. From the blue walls in the heath food store to the waves crashing on the shores of the beaches I walked.
Currently coming up with ideas for work to be shown towards the end of the year. Using different medias, memories of the past in New York City come to mind. I have always been intrigued by the lives of others in the city and how they made the best of their circumstances. Both my father and grandmother lived in tenement buildings, my father on the lower East Side and my grandmother in Brooklyn. Each of them was an immigrant hoping to make a better life for themselves in NYC.