Trying to Stay Optimistic During a Lockdown, 2021

In response to a call for artists to make banners (Unfurled: Artists Stories, Propeller Art Gallery), I intended to make a banner filled with 4″ x 9″ collages. The backing fabric that I sewed together overwhelmed them. I ordered several sheets of Japanese Seikosen Mitsumata Long handmade paper. I struggled to find a way to align the collages on such a long sheet of paper. I discovered that the paper was an ideal conduit for monoprints. Each successive print made along the length of the paper established a foundation upon which I added fabric, paper, objects, thread, smaller monoprints and several 4″ x 9″ collages. Trying to Stay Optimistic During a Lockdown, Part 1-2 expands on my work that responds to the COVID-19 crisis. Exercising outside is considered relatively low risk, provided safety measures are maintained. I wanted to reflect the joys of physical well-being and mental health while walking outside during the pandemic – a way to stay hopeful during lockdowns.

Trying To Stay Optimistic During a Lockdown, part 2, 2021
Mixed media on Japanese Seikosen Mitsumata handmade paper, 25.5" x 70.5"
Trying To Stay Optimistic During a Lockdown, part 1, 2021

Mixed media on Japanese Seikosen Mitsumata handmade paper, 25.5" x 70.5"