“Six Feet Apart”
Currently in literal terms, this is the kind of mask that has center stage right now. When the pandemic began I hadn’t painted for quite a while. But through expressive writing & exploring emotions I decided to do a series of paintings documenting the unfamiliar territory of the covid-19 virus. “Six Feet Apart” is one of my paintings in the series. For a reference I used a photo of myself. It’s a strange painting for a bizarre historic time in our collective history. The pensive bareskinned women is the ‘every-person.’ Her vulnerability continues with a paper thin mask & pure snowy hair of innocence in this situation. The tattoo is a rose of hope & happiness for the best possible outcome.
The pandemic situation makes me wonder if it’s making us take off metaphorical masks we might wear to become more of our real selves with new & healing ways of living… As it’s done for me with returning to painting again.