In The Gallery…
Processing Covid-19 Statement
In this exhibition the artists have addressed many definitions of Process in relation to art, including the process of development of artist or art-form, the process of reconciling excluded groups with mainstream culture, personal process, and process vs product. However, in the course of the making of this exhibition the Covid-19 pandemic confronted us as creators with the opportunity to explore how we process the uncertainty of life changing global events through art.
For those of us who turned to art to process Covid-19, immediacy seemed to take precedence as several of us shifted from more time consuming media to drawing. Sketchbook drawing has the benefit of being familiar, comforting, and intimately diaristic. It can be done in the small spaces and pockets of time suited for living rather than studio production.
As time passed we adjusted. Although we returned to our preferred mediums, the event had changed us in ways that continue to reveal themselves in our work.
Penny Chase on her response to Covid-19:
Covid 19 gave us something we don’t normally have; solitude. During this time, I returned to something I had done when I was younger. I sat watching the news channel and allowed the creative process to unfold with no direction. The news influenced, at times, what appeared in the drawing creating a feedback loop where marks were added as a result of reacting to previous marks and what was on the news.
As deadly as it is, the images of the Corona Virus were strangely beautiful. With repeated images on the television, they started to show up in my drawings. Because it is part of nature, the virus is amoral and, while we refer to it as the enemy, it is simply a normal part of nature. Nature is beautiful in all its aspects.
To quote William Butler Yeats we “ Are changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty is born. “
Debbie.lee Miszaniec on her response to Covid-19:
In Alberta borders were closing, states of emergency were being declared, and schools had just been shut down in response to a new global health threat, Covid-19. Never in my lifetime had I seen such measures put in place. I needed a responsive way to process the very fast moving and uncertain situation. Without much initial planning, just the need to work through my thoughts and feelings quickly, I began a daily sketchbook project which I shared on social media. The response was overwhelming: I was creating images that visualized the anxieties, hopes and fears that we were all going through at the same time. The Covid Chronicles both helped me process an uncertain situation, and showed me how we as artists contribute to the social and cultural process of coming to terms with new realities. You can see the complete series of Covid drawings at http://onelifefineart.com/index.php/covid-19-chronicles/