"Pandemic days" project - Statement:
This project consists of found boxes from iPhone or similar electronic equipment, painted with acrylic and ink pen, and collaged paper images from my mixed media painting “Waiting for this to end”.
These golden boxes evoke people sequestered as a result of quarantine or stay-at-home recommendations: some hopeful while enjoying more privileged shelter-in-place conditions, some desperate for the crisis to be over and put an end to an even worse reality than that of infection, or even the thousands of victims that did not and will not survive the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020.
The words, phrases or quotes on each of the boxes were either personal expressions or things heard during the early pandemic days (March - May 2020), loosely organized within the five stages of grief (denial, anger, depression, bargaining and acceptance), as proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying.
This collection is intended to bring perspective, even humor, and ultimately hope to the viewer during the ongoing crisis, and to eventually serve as an homage to its fighters, to those of us who will not survive it, and to those of us who will be left once this pandemic is finally over.