Quarantine Discoveries Online Exhibition

This moment of confinement we are living in is an extraordinary moment that touches nearly everyone and has changed our perspectives.  During this time we have all seen and experienced things differently — in a way that we are unlikely to forget.  And, for many of us, these experiences, both good and bad, have changed our perception of priorities. 

For better or for worse, we have had a peek into what it means for the world to be very different from the one we are used to each day, a world in which food and supplies flow almost continuously around the globe.  For some, this glimpse has meant less commute or more time with family, while for others it has meant great hardship and personal loss. 

And somewhere in our heads, in at least some, small way, it has made each of us reflect on what is truly important to us each day, and what is not — what we must have going forward, and what isn’t so important.  

This revelation of our priorities has a role to play as we move forward on this planet that ultimately has a limited set of resources.  We will be forced, one day, to decide what is and is not important — what we need versus what we want.

Featured Artists

Marianne Bickett, Barbara Boissevain, Ellen Dieter, Cynthia Fusillo, Stacie B Greene, Corinne Hellein, Cynthia Jabar, Pascal Ken, Elena Lomakin, Addy Lyon, Janis Selby Jones, Rosanne Shank, Alise Sheehan, Ivan Sigg, Kimberly Witham, Carl Yoshihara.

Exhibition

From the Ravenswood series

Digital photograph

I began going back to photograph this site from the ground as soon as the site reopened a couple of weeks ago--dramatic changes since I was there last in January. This is a part of my ongoing series documenting the salt pond restoration back to natural wetlands. Ravenswood is located right in Facebook’s backyard!
2020
  • Barbara Boissevain

Art of Confinement #15: “Can we slow down?”

Music: SBTRKT (Feat. ASAP Ferg and Warpaint) – Voices in my head

Each night since the beginning of lockdown I give a light painting show to my neighborhood. This is a live digital animated painting on a building.

Voices in my head: Finding the balance between painting, music, light, and movement

Des voix dans ma tête : Trouver l’adéquation entre la peinture, la musique, la lumière et le mouvement.
2020
  • Ivan Sigg

Fleeting Wishes

Digital photograph

2020 Covid 19 Lockdown. The latest collaborative effort between R and I. This one was inspired by my son’s great joy at blowing “wishies.”
2020
  • Kimberly Witham

From the series: Les arbres nous survivrons

Digital photograph

While sheltering at home, enjoying going through the more than 7,000 images I shot the last two summers in France for my series “Les Arbres Nous Survivront”.
2020
  • Barbara Boissevain

Mirror or Mirage

mixed media on canvas

Exploring what lies above and beneath and how they reflect each other…
2020
  • Ellen Dieter

2020 Heroes

Illustrator Vector Art

Within this piece are people I know and care for working on the front efforts with additional representations of frontline workers who I believe deserve credit for their efforts. I see these people as heroes.
Thank you frontline workers for enduring and providing for communities endlessly.
Submission for Pandemic Related art project.
2020
  • Addy Lyon

Thank You

Collage

Thank you to my mother who gave me the seeds, imagination & strength to sow my own garden. May we all be brave enough and kind enough to share our bounty during this transformative time. Thank you Mother Earth.
2020
  • Cynthia Jabar

Untitled

Photograph

J – 2: Une nouvelle page blanche est là pour réécrire une nouvelle histoire en post-confinement ! My best office is here. Ces presque deux mois de “pause” m’ont laissé le temps de décanter tous les évènements de ces dix dernières années et tous les changements professionnels et personnels survenus … des accélérations, des réussites, des déceptions et des ralentissements obligés. Des adaptations régulières pour ne pas trop souffrir des changements non choisis.
Beaucoup de beaux projets en design textile, en graphisme et en expertise couleur avec beaucoup d’énergie donnée et transmise et partagée avec et pour des étudiants.
Des parents engagés et invertis toute leur vie partis de peu et ayant aujourd’hui cette maison et ce beau jardin que j’entretiens, aujourd’hui âgés et malades ils dependent des autres, deux grandes filles qui suivent leur chemin d’études et toutes deux en questionnement et dessinent elles aussi…. tiens tiens. Et donc aujourd’hui ? Je me sens prête à m’investir dans des nouvelles histoires plus eco-responsable et solidaire, à me battre contre toute forme d’autoritarisme et d’injustice et d’atteinte aux liberté de chacun ! … de pouvoir choisir entre autre sa médecine, sa nourriture et son éducation ! De cultiver plus que jamais la différence, l’écoute, les petites entreprises, la qualité plus que la quantité et… j’oubliai l’amour de la vie et mon jardin! Et vous? Vous en êtes ou?


D - 2: A new blank page is here to rewrite a new story in post-containment! My best office is here. These almost two months of "hiatus" have given me time to decant all the events of the last ten years and all the professional and personal changes that have taken place ... acceleration, successes, disappointments, and inevitable slowdowns. Regular adaptations so as not to suffer too much from unwanted changes.
Many beautiful projects in textile design, graphics and color expertise with a lot of energy given and transmitted and shared with and for students.
Committed and inverted parents all their lives who started out little and now have this house and this beautiful garden that I maintain, today elderly and sick they depend on others, two grown-up girls who follow their path of studies and all two in questioning and also draw…. Well. So what today? I feel ready to get involved in new, more eco-responsible, and united stories, to fight against all forms of authoritarianism and injustice and attack on everyone's freedom! … To be able to choose among other things his medicine, his food, and his education! To cultivate more than ever difference, listening, small businesses, quality over quantity and ... I forgot the love of life and my garden! And you? Where are you?
2020
  • Corinne Hellein

Untitled

Digital photograph

Living in the shadows of the Coronavirus, one of the first things we noticed was colorful chalk designs on the sidewalks of our neighborhood. How interesting that people needed to create art in response to the crisis and sheltering in place! Seeds are gestating during this dark moment in history. We hold our destiny in our everyday choices, and the seeds of change are scattered in anticipation of a healthier environment for all beings! Merci to Michèle for creating this opportunity to engage in Quarantine Discoveries!
2020
  • Marianne Bickett

Change is happening

Digital art

The old entrenched ways are dissolving, and we are on our way to creating something new. Let’s manifest inclusiveness, love, and kindness for the earth and all beings. Turning Stone Into Wings.
2020
  • Alise Sheehan

Litter in the Time of Coronavirus

Digital photograph - digital collage

Most of the beaches in San Diego County closed at the beginning of April, and instead of my walks at the coast, I have been venturing through my neighborhood to the quaint Main Street area of town. Every time I go out, I see gloves and masks that have been abandoned in parking lots, tossed on sidewalks, or jettisoned in gutters—and I am not alone. People across the country and around the world are witnessing the same thing, and it is completely unnecessary.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend gloves for the general public, citing that they give people a false sense of security and “failing to change them often is the same thing as failing to wash your hands.” People who wear latex gloves make the mistake of leaving them on for extended periods of time and end up touching lots of things, which can spread the virus. Sadly, underpaid sanitation workers, grocery store employees, and gas station attendants are most likely the ones who will have to pick up these potential biohazards.

In addition, littered masks and gloves that go unnoticed can become environmental hazards. In fact, I often found gloves at the beach prior to the coronavirus crisis, and I am quite sure that it won’t be too long before even more start washing up. Out of respect for our essential workers, and for the sake of the natural environment, single-use masks and gloves must be discarded appropriately. Ultimately, we can all help keep the unsung heroes in our communities out of harm’s way, while also protecting our oceans and sea life.
2020
  • Janis Selby Jones

Life Through the Cracks

Digital photograph

While humans are in quarantine, nature is getting a chance to breathe again and thrive in spaces it usually avoids or has been edged out of. My hope is that when this is over we can find a more balanced way of living with and protecting the natural world.
2020
  • Stacie B Greene

How can we pretend to change the world without changing ourselves?

Digital image

2020
  • Pascal Ken

Its Raining Flowers

Digital art

This is a layered digital piece combining many of my photographs and paintings. Inspired by the many flowers on my daily walk. Beauty and hope for those who need healing.
2020
  • Alise Sheehan

we have lots of thoughts

Drawing

it is said we are not our thoughts
but we seem to let our thoughts control us
one that leads to another and another or even a story
all day, all night, all week, all month, all year long rippling until we aren’t even sure where it all began
positive or negative, thoughts require the same energy
breathe in
see beyond the thoughts
look inside
breathe out
you have a choice
start with quiet
2020
  • Rosanne Shank

Quarantine Discoveries

Digital image

Recycling Chemex coffee paper filters and birthday flowers
2020
  • Pascal Ken

Everything from my backyard

Photograph

Hawaii imports 90% of things to the islands. Including fruits. This is ridiculous because everything grows like crazy. We also relied too much on tourism. With the quarantine, Hawaii has the highest unemployment in the nation. We need to become selfreliant.
2020
  • Carl Yoshihara

The Earth and its treasures

Digital drawing and digital photograph

地球とその宝物

Two mandarins, a pear, a banana, and the music of Sufjan Stevens is enough to make me happy and to turn the world around again.

Deux mandarines, une poire, une banane et la musique de Sufjan Stevens suffisent à me mettre en joie et à refaire tourner le monde.  
2020
  • Ivan Sigg
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