Art and Healing in the Time of the Pandemic

An Online Exhibition
2021
Artists have responded to lines from a poem by

Edward Hirsch 

For the Sleepwalkers
published in 1980

and in his book The Living Fire 
published by Knopf in 2013.


 
Tonight I want to say something wonderful
   for the sleepwalkers who have so much faith
 in their legs, so much faith in the invisible
...

 
It is my pleasure to present this online exhibition drawn from artists' works and responses that were inspired by these lines from Edward Hirsch's poem For the Sleepwalkers.
Link to the entire poem.

Deanna Sirlin 
October 18, 2021

Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

It is my pleasure to present this online exhibition in response to the inspiring lines of Edward Hirsch's poem. 
Thank you to all the artists who participated. 
November 1, 2021.

Susan Cofer
April 17, 2020 (Grace)
2021
Prismacolor pencil on paper
8 x 9 1/8 inches
www.susanseydelcofer.com
 

 


Maria Artemis
The Yet To Be Named
2021
Charcoal on Paper
40 x 30 x 2 inches

www.mariaartemis.com



 
 
Andi Arnovitz
And the Children
2015
watercolor and collage
32.2 inches wide
www.andiarnovitz.com



 

Nicolette Reim
Untitled
2021
Mixed Paper Collage
18 x 14 inches

 

 
In any case (pardon the pun), in this time of confinement and eruptions resulting from categorization and labels, it can be emotionally and visually rewarding to see all those letters usually chained in straight lines with designated meanings, released to dance other rhythms.
Perhaps they would have liked a wilder life on the street - posters battered by weather and/or circumstances– mine keep a bit of decorum and past sophistications, like most of us try to do.




 

David C. Robinson
 Alluvium #12
 2021
 Ceramic with glazes, underglazes, oxides and mason stain
 16.5 inches in diameter x 7 inches deep
www.davidrobinson.website



 
Benjamin Jones
Night Rabbit 
2021
Styrofoam, paper mache, black gesso, pins
9 x 6 inches



 


Kathy Meliopoulos
Cashier Portrait
2021
Charcoal and Pastel
11 x 14 inches



 


Helen DeRamus
A Work of Fiction
2021
Oil on Cradled Panel
30 x 30 inches
http://www.helenderamus.com



 
Painting is my refuge. I spend my time with the little marks and big marks while I’m reading my mind to find the connection to the ongoing whorl of life unfolding as I slip quietly into the morning.
The surge of energy begins to lead me to the next mark, the next stroke on the surface. The music begins and the flow is coming from nowhere and everywhere. Later, what I see is the connection of the outside world and the inside world in the images being created but it’s impossible to know what it means until much later when the process finds completion.


 

Rocio Rodriguez
Black Field Dusk 
2020
Oil on canvas
48 x 58 inches
www.rociorodriguez.net


 

Madeleine Soloway
Rupture
2021
mixed media printed on aluminum panel
32" x 40"
www.
madeleinesoloway.com



 

Susan D. Waters
Disconnect
2020
Oil on canvas
30 x 40 inches 
www.susandwaters.com


 
 
Marea Haslett
Sleepwalkers
2021

Acrylic on panel and digital
11x14 inches
www.mareahaslett.com



 

Terri Dilling
Orchid Dreaming
2012
Acrylic with pigment crayon and charcoal on canvas
42 x 48 inches

www.terridilling.com



 

Angelika Domschke
World Healing
2020
Acrylic and Hydrocal
11x 10 x 24 inches 
www.angelikart.com

Flora Rosefsky
Mikvah Immersion
2019
Collage
14 x 11 inches
www.FloraRosefsky.com



 

Robert Sherer
Stronghold
2020
COVID-19 Negative blood on paper
26 x 20 inches
www.robertsherer.com 

 

 
The piece titled Stronghold, presents an elaborate maze of defense mechanisms necessary for personal protection.  Being a sexually active young Gay male during the worst years of the HIV/AIDS crisis taught me to resort to extreme measures to survive.  
The crisis taught me to perceive my body as an impenetrable fortress and to steadfastly refuse to allow any Trojan Horses within me.  The COVID-19 crisis is no different.  I will not let down my defenses.  I will not be lulled into a false sense of security.  I will not engage in risky behaviors.  I will stay safe within my stronghold.


 

Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan
New Moon On Monday
2021
Mixed media paper on canvas 
48 x 48 inches




 
 
Lisa Anbild
Sweet Summer Memories
2021
Photography, collage and watercolor on watercolor paper
6 x 9 inches




 


 
Jeannine Cook
Outside In, Cork Oak 
2019
Silverpoint-Polychromos pencil
10 x 7 inches

www.jeanninecook.com



 


Donna Horn
Scrolls #1: “Resilience” 
 2021
Ink, acrylic, pencil, gesso, crayon on paper; cotton and linen threads.
16 x 10 x 2 inches
donnalmhorn.com 
 
             
 I was working at home in early Covid days, not going to my studio. These rolled paper wall sculptures emerged after an extensive period of experimentation stimulated by several online workshops which pushed me out of my comfort zone.
I did not know where I was headed, but trusted the process of art marking, feeling certain that it would help maintain my equilibrium during the craziness of the times.



 

Melissa Ewing
Arms Outstretched to the Darkness of the Unknown”
2021
Acrylic painting on canvas
16 x 20 inches
 melissaewingart.com


 
My painting was inspired by my reading of the poem to open ourselves to the unknown, dance and soak in the moonlight and reach for new experiences while having faith and confidence in our grounding. 


 


Elizabeth Katherine Porcel
Night Growth
Acrylic on black paper
10 x 8 inches
2021
http://ekporcel.com

 


 


Ellen Kierr Stein
Class Reunion: Still Connected
2020
Acrylic Collage on Canvas
22 x 26 inches


This piece was created in honor of my 55th high school reunion in New Orleans. The reunion had been scheduled for mid-March 2020. It was cancelled five days before the event - the week that COVID isolation began in the United States.


 

Irina Kohn
Sleepwalker
2021
Acrylic on canvas
24 x18 inches



 
 
Elise Dismer
The Dream that Sustained Joseph in Prison
2021
Acrylic
14 x 11 inches


 
What carries us through dark times when we fear things will never change? Consider Joseph, an innocent man thrown into prison for years of his life. He could have felt as though his life were stagnating year after year in captivity.But something sustained him during that dark time of confinement:
I believe he held onto the hope of a dream he had been given in his youth. In the dream, he and his brothers were represented by sheaves of grain. All the other sheaves bowed to his own. The dream acted as a promise from God that he would someday rule over his brothers.In fact, Joseph later became the second-in-command of Egypt and his brothers did bow to him. But in the pit of the prison, it's easy to lose hope. The same is true in the middle of a global pandemic.I believe what sustains us in the midst of darkness is the hope in the dream of a better tomorrow.


 
Jane Berke
Juggling and Balancing with All Her Strength
2020
Acrylic and  oil paint
48 x 24 inches



 


Debra Svitil
Joining the Dance
2021
Mixed Media
19  x 24 inches



 
Originally inspired by a photo of my daughter standing in front of this painting by Matisse at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. When I read the prompt for this exhibition, it clicked that this was how this image should evolve; we are ready and eager to rejoin the dance that is our life.


 


L. Z. Saltz
about those sleepwalkers
2021
Digital Image
 



 
 
Ivy Wu
Subway Station
2020
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches
www.ivywuART.com



 

Karen Thompson
Virtual Hugs Across the Miles 

Acrylic on canvas, gold leaf, and graphite
 36 x 24 inches


 
 
Kathy Rennell Forbes
Covid Slumber
2021
watercolor
11x15 inches

https://www.rennellforbes.com

 
 
During most of 2020 and into 2021, we went on a daily walk in the park. This scene captured for me some of the loneliness and exhaustion we were all feeling plus the need for uninterrupted rest in our lives.