In my self-isolation due to Covid-19, the house has been cleaned and re-cleaned to a point of sterilization. Between cleanings, I’ve been reading, wasting time on social media, and making artworks. I discovered some abstract outlines in an old sketchbook and pulled out some bottles of acrylic inks I wanted to use before they dried up entirely. My intention was to play with the materials mindlessly, as that usually releases the muses for more work. In this case, the muses must have been as bored as I, because they came rushing out; screaming at me to make little abstract creatures, simplistically.
I believe I’m drawing on ideas stretching from Miro, Dubuffet, & Mondrian, and I’m sure there are others I’ve not yet cared to really think about. As you’ve often heard me say, my mind is a jumble of images on good days… the rest of the time I feel like I’m looking at a hurricane of art whirling around and the occasional piece flies into view for me to interpret.
Originally, I thought these should be clouds of optimism to clear away the anxiety of the Covid-19 situation. Then I realized that wasn’t quite how I felt. The dust mites seemed more appropriate. They are a byproduct of the skin that gets sloughed off us daily. These days the skin may be infected with Covid-19. They could bring a health apocalypse, maybe not. I won’t pretend to know the exact science of it. The reality of the pandemic is still unclear to me. It is a passable apocalypse from all evidence so far. So, I’ll call it a neo-apocalypse.
Dimensions: 29.7cm x 42cm
More to come…