"This exhibition creates an emergency placeholder for a lost past and an unknown future. It forges a path through closures and cancellations, delays and uncertainties, that left many ideas without a place to land. The participating artists have explored, in a word, the half-life that we are all living. We join them in their processing of the pandemic. Whether it is Sidney Masuga’s mural, which uses a solar calendar to mark this moment in human history, or Emilie Trice’s punching bags to help us express the anger, pain, and grief that we collectively hold; each work helps us to work through this moment not knowing what the next will bring." - RedLine Contemporary Art Center
Participating Artists: Carol Bivins, Leslie D. Boyd, Megan Bray, Mindy Bray, Kristina Davies, Madison DeYoung & Connor Deniston, Miriam A. Green, Kevin Hoth, Addie Kae, Marina Kassianidou, Shamai Mading, Heidi Mason, Sydney Lee, Sidney Masuga, Elizabeth Morisette, Alex Paozols, Matthew Pevear, Markus Puskar, Elisabeth Relin, Martha Russo, Kelley Shei, Ben Siekierski, Emilie Trice, Beth Van De Water, Genevieve Waller, Rosario Weston, Kate Wilker.
My artist statement on these collages:
I was 8 months pregnant when the country started going into lockdown. I spent March and April going in for routine appointments, watching the waiting rooms empty as more and more checks were put in place. A nurse told me my only goal was to stay out of the hospital as long as possible, which I took to heart. When I arrived to give birth the doors were locked, and once I was helped inside I gave birth within 30 minutes.
These are images from my experiences of that time spent in empty waiting rooms populated with unknown dangers. Motherhood has never been easy, especially for women artists, but this moment is pressing visibility into the space of motherhood and renewing a need for connection, awareness, and conversation around women’s (often) invisible work and contributions to community, economy, and the arts.
I enjoy using words and images to create things in the world and helping others to do the same.