In April of this year, as the apple trees were budding and an abundance of water fowl near my home were nesting in preparation for their eggs to hatch, The Pandemic paid no notice. It raged on invisibly moving through communities while visibly wreaking havoc. I was teaching college students visual literacy via an online platform. Gaslighting and disinformation were topics I felt necessary to cover. I also encouraged them to imagine how artists’ work would reflect this point in time. Their answers ranged from hopeless to optimistic. In my studio during that period, darkness prevailed, but with hope…in these dystopian landscapes, birds still fly.
Copyright © 2020 Joanne Tarlin
Joanne Tarlin paints atmospheric, abstract, and Romantic landscapes. The natural environment around her new home in mid-coast Maine, is her font for visual stimulation. Her inspiration is personal, political, and philosophical.
Tarlin studied visual communications at The Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, in Los Angeles, from which she earned a BFA degree. She received her MFA degree from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University, in Boston. She is a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, and the National Association of Women Artists. She is represented by ArrayContemporary.com