Artist's images, musings, and observations
about life in the time of corona

Artist's images, musings, and observations about life in the time of corona


“To submerge oneself in hazy, unsettled waters requires humbleness and a strong heart. Currents may drift you away from what you’re looking for, silencing the inner voice that will guide...


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...

Peace in the Unknown

Syeda Raji, Charles/MGH, Acrylic Paint, 6" x 9" inches, 2020
During the earliest weeks of the pandemic, around the time Governor Baker announced a state of emergency in Massachusetts, I was not thinking too much about my artwork. I had...


One of the things that defines who I am is driving. Driving is my meditation. Driving is totally alien from an evolutionary standpoint, and I revel in its foreignness. Springtime,...

A Letter to 2021

New Beginnings
Dear 2021, The anticipation of your arrival has been like holding our collective breath under water. We heralded your coming, not with the usual frenzy of festivities, but with a...

OK, Stand Six Feet From Your Camera…

Kathi Mangel, Backlit Trees, Photography, 2020
I’m a nature photographer and I teach—the two are deeply intermingled in my life. When I travel through the country to take photographs for my series of “back roads” books,...

Monday “Masks of Boston” 2021 #2

Vera Ventura 
40 years old
DoTerra Coach, Cancer Thriver, Yoga Teacher and Mom

What has been the most challenging part of Covid19/this time in history?
Blancing my work and my family life (which was a challenge before Covid as well). I have huge ego based ambitions that are at odds with spending so much time with my kids. I can learn and grow out of the expectations.  Learning acceptance and patience along the way.

What has given you strength/ are there any unexpected positives from Covid19?
Ironically also spending more quality time with my kids — and not running around from this place to the next. Slowing down, Observing nature more. And teaching yoga online, making virtual connections.

Who do you wear a mask for?
Because I am going through chemo, I am protecting myself.
Who do you wear a mask for? (Ed. Note: Every Monday, The Pandemic Lens publishes an image from Katherine Taylor’s “Masks of Boston” project. To date, Kathryn has photographed nearly...

A Sense of Belonging

A Sense of Belonging
In March 2020, the pandemic led to a lockdown in the UK, as it did in many countries. Our worlds shrank. Yet, despite the worries, for me there was a...

No Audience

1a 2432-75 copy
A small theater selected a work of mine for the drama Tor und Tod by Hugo v. Hofmannsthal. A large-format stage design was created as a background. During theater rehearsals...

A Pandemic for All Seasons

SBennett-Seasons 2020
Spring 2020—we thought the "new normal" would surely be temporary. Then it extended to summer 2020.  And fall 2020. And winter 2020. I'm hoping to show a very different collage...