By Kim Craig / January 16, 2021

I started this painting on January 6, 2021, a day when the US registered nearly 4,000 Covid-19 deaths and political violence at the US capitol shook the nation. On that day, when an unruly mob breached and desecrated the capitol, much more than bricks and mortar were tested as we attempted to make sense of…

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By Kim Craig / December 27, 2020

Archeologists often assemble ancient stones to tell a story of a civilization past. What will they tell of our empire? Will there be anything left to piece together? I like to think about the rise and fall of ancient societies. What secrets can we learn from the ruins of old cities? In the past, pandemics…

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Methodological Irrationality

By Benjamin Arizmendi / December 14, 2020

The role of science in the pandemic has been a good context for reflecting on and articulating my artistic practice. I believe abstract artists have a duty to develop aesthetic methods for understanding the human spirit. And I believe we must use art to deconstruct ourselves outside the framework of scientific enlightenment and reason.  Reason is…

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Democracy: A Work in Process

By Adrienne Sloane / October 8, 2020

Democracy, like this mask, is a work in progress, often messy and confusing but hopefully with time will come clarity. Let’s hope we can emerge from this chaotic historic moment, humbled by our exposed fault lines, with renewed resolve to create a more just and equitable society. I want to believe Martin Luther King, Jr.…

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By Adrienne Sloane / October 5, 2020

In the beginning of the quarantine, I used my fiber skills in the way I thought most helpful while also keeping me a bit saner.  It didn’t hurt that my neighbor is a quilter who offered up a wonderful fabric stash. The mask making started with a trickle, becoming a river and then a flood…

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By Susan Siefer / October 2, 2020

On March 18, 2020, I went to my studio at Waltham Mills in Waltham, Massachusetts, and brought home boxes of art supplies, paint, and my small loom to hunker down for what I thought, what we may all have thought, would be a relatively short time. A couple of years earlier, I had begun creating…

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Lockdown Reboot

By June Shapter / September 3, 2020

“Randomly select a word from the dictionary and express it in any way you choose” was the card I pulled from my Arty Farty Creativity Prompts Deck. The random word generator threw up “tassel”—an interesting word and no mistake, it conjured up images of brash burlesque confidence, seductive teasing and titillation, ripe with imagery no…

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Undercover in the Age of Droplets

By Marsha Nouritza Odabashian / August 22, 2020

In ordinary times I create large paintings in an enormous studio in the South End of Boston. During the Covid-19 pandemic, however, I have been drawing, painting, collaging and photographing from a small room and a porch on the outskirts of the city. My work involves sociopolitical themes expressed through onionskin dye stains splashed onto…

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By Nancy Crasco / August 17, 2020

A chance encounter with a damaged art catalog precipitated a collage project that collided with the pandemic. Early in the year, I found an art catalog on the “free” cart outside the entrance to the Encinitas, California, public library.  After perusing it, I realized that it was missing pages, but while browsing, I had a…

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Connecting Universes

By Bimbi Larraburu / August 15, 2020

It’s July 2020. The world is in lockdown. Everything has changed. There is nowhere to escape, except maybe in science fiction, which is where I found a way to connect our present experience to other realities. In “The Wormhole Project” I explore the idea of connecting two universes within myself. One universe is more colorful…

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