Art and Healing in the Time of the Pandemic

An Online Exhibition
Artists have responded to a quote from
Albert Camus (1913 - 1960) 
taken from The Stranger, published in France in 1942 as L'Étranger.
 
“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile.
In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm.

 
I realized, through it all, that in the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.
 And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
 

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 translation of the  text of Albert Camus. Thank you to all the artists who participated. 
November 11, 2020.


Eddie Granderson
Winter
2020
20 x 40” 
Acrylic on Canvas 

This is a personal response to the pandemic within a series of works that are inspired by nature.  For me it exemplifies the language in
The Stranger... “beauty within a confused and distorted reality". 



Tamara McElhannon
Abstract Butterfly-Winter
2018
Oil on canvas
30 x 40"
https://southernstudioarts.com/

I am submitting Abstract Butterfly-Winter because it is about "grace in the midst of a storm." 

As the snowballs hurl their might towards me, I am confronted and forced to transform from the caterpillar into the butterfly.


Jeffrey Wilcox Paclipan 
Paper People series  (Art during Covid-19 )
March 2020
Paper, rope, ribbon latex paint on cardboard
27 x 23  x 3"
www.jwpaclipan.com

 

Rocio Rodriguez
September 26, 2019
12 x 16"
acrylic on wood panel
https://rociorodriguez.net/home.html

The quote is full of dualities, something that my work has been full of for many years. Though I never think of a narrative when I compose I chose this image because it is composed of differing images stacked on top of each other somewhat reminiscent of the cadence and dualities that are set up by the Camus paragraph.



In Kyoung Chun
Two Figures on Park Avenue 
2019
Oil on canvas,
60 x 40" 
www.inkyoungchoichun.com


Philip Carpenter
Amaryllis
2019
Color pencils on Paper
11x14"
http://www.philipcarpenter.net/

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
― Rachel Carson

Masud Olufani
Elder, 2020
elm tree, resin, carved basswood, paint
dimensions are variable
https://www.masud-olufani.com/
 

What is Evidence

Not the fleeting bruises she'd cover
with make-up, a dark patch like the imprint
of a scope she'd pressed her eye too close to,
looking for a way out, nor the quiver
in the voice she'd steady, leaning
into a pot of bones on the stove. Not
the teeth she wore in place of her own, or
the official document—its seal
and smeared signature—fading already,
the edges wearing. Not the tiny marker
with its dates, her name, abstract as history.
Only the landscape of her body—splintered
clavicle, pierced temporal—her thin bones
settling a bit each day, the way all things do.

--Natasha Trethewey



Donna Horn
Blues for JL
2020
Oil on panel
24 x 24”

This was around the time of his death, so I dedicated the painting to John Lewis.   For no matter how hard the world pushed against him, 'there was always something stronger, something better pushing right back.'


Madeleine Soloway 
Waking To A Deeper Current
2016
Solvent Transfer Print and Digital Transparency
16 x 20"
http://www.madeleinesoloway.com

Flora Rosefsky
PINNED
2013
Mixed media
24.x 32"
www.FloraRosefsky.com

In today’s pandemic, the thin hairpin wires  that I manipulated and transformed by stretching them  to create lines within the paper’s exposed fibers echo today’s tensions. We feel trapped. We want  to find protection and appreciation for others in a more kind world. Let us become unpinned.

Terri Dilling
Halcyon Days
2020
Acrylic, graphite and crayon on canvas
64 x 86”
www.terridilling.com

This new painting I recently finished is just the fit for finding invincible calm and invincible summers.

Maxime Hall
We Are Not There Until We Can Say ‘Yea’ To It All 
2019
3-D Collage
151”x 82”
Pat Borow
One Day At The Beach
2020
Oil on Board
16 x 20” 

www.patborow.com


Maxine Hess
Swan Totem
2020
Mixed media fiber art
31 x 50"
www.maxinehess.com

Kathy Meliopoulos
Braid Meditation
2020
Charcoal and pastel on paper
22 x 30”

Malika Garrett
Surma Woman
2019 
18 X 24"
Oil on Canvas with a Palette Knife


A married Surma woman from Southwestern Ethiopia is in charge of every household, however the men make all decisions. The women are not allowed to debate their opinions. These women are considered beautiful and strong despite it all- here her eyes, her skin with intricate scarification tell her story of her strength.  No matter how they are perceived by outsiders, they live a life that they love. Since cultures vary from one place to another, so is the way beauty is judged. "In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love" We must stop judging and accept everyone even if something seems different or new to us.  


Melinda Penry
Look Up
2020
Digital Print
8 x10"


Elizabeth Katherine Porcel
In the Underbrush
2020
acrylic spray paint and marker on paper
10 x 8”\
http://ekporcel.com



 

Jeannine Cook
Eucalyptus Confinement
2020 
Silverpoint and Washi paper,
10 x 7"  
www.jeanninecook.com

During the spring confinement, I found a wonderful piece of eucalyptus bark, with its nodules swirled by intricate ridges; it seemed a metaphor for our situation, one which ironically allowed peace, contemplation of detail and the resulting discovery of much beauty.


Margot Longreen
Women’s Movements
2020
Oil on Canvas
24 x27”
Elise Dismer
Invincible Light
2020
Acrylics
8 X 10"


Corlia Kock
Earth Sky Breathe
2020
Gouache on canson paper
14 x 11”


Tatiana Mack
Pink Peony 
2020
Oil on canvas 
24 x 24”
https://yaneyaart.com/


Amy Laik
Rise
2020
Relief Linocut Print
8 x 10"

Tyler Schroeder
La Louvre
2020
Ink and White Gouache on Watercolor Paper
22.25  x 29 13/16"

 

I based this off of a photo I took when I visited Paris back in November of 2019. I wanted this painting to feel like a memory that has faded with the passage of time. (In fact, it's my intention to make a mini-series of ink paintings based off my Paris vacation photos where I explore change and loss in memory.) However, I believe that this painting could also work in an exhibition like this. The quote is about finding inner peace and happiness in spite of the world going to chaos. The painting could be interpreted as looking inward for tranquility as there is a lack of detail on the faces of the people, even though the viewer could see that they are in "motion". When people find joy within themselves, the outside world doesn't always matter. It's also worth noting that when people find themselves in dark places, sometimes the only thing that keeps them motivated are happy memories or optimistic ponderings.


Joseph Dreher aka JOEKINGATL
Push/Pull Hold and Release III
3:4 Ratio
2020
Acrylic Paint

The search for light like truth starts in darkness for the absence is what creates a desire to see. We don’t concern ourselves with breathing, until there is no air, it is not the opposing forces love and hate, right and wrong, war and peace, good and evil but the equilibrium and the action of breathing in and exhaling out. We share light and air, they enter us and alter us and are altered by us and then released back into the atmosphere. The same air the same light the same energy pushes and pulls us from extremes to balance. There is no separation the only freedom is in the action.
 
Ivy Wu
Love in Circle
2020
36 x 36”
oil on canvas
www.ivywuART.com



Thea Genet
Menagerie of Misunderstood Creatures
2020
Acrylic on wood
41 x 14"


Healing during quarantine meant finding purpose in observation. Realizing how every miniscule aspect of nature was crucial to the ecosystem made species whose importance I used to overlook mean so much more to me. Educating myself is how I show my gratitude for the natural world, and I have never felt more connected to it than I do now.


Melissa Ewing
The Calm
2020
Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 36"