Curated by Anna Conlan
Online: Social Media platforms
At the beginning of April 2020, The Dorsky Museum asked Hudson Valley artists, how are you being creative during social distancing? We were humbled by the remarkable response we received. Over 250 Hudson Valley artists have shared what they have been making and we are exhibiting their art on the Museum social media channels. Stay Home, Make Art is a virtual exhibition that addresses how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted creative practice, keeps local artwork visible, and promotes safe social distancing.
Here are some selections from the many submissions.
Harvey Weiss, Circle 52, 2020, inkjet print, colored pencil, cotton thread, 13 x 19 in. ⠀
“I started this body of work prior to the virus crisis but continued it under self-quarantine. The intent of these pieces was to unite the various figures I had photographed at the Oculus transit hub in NYC creating an irregular circle of sorts via the embroidery and the drawing I employed. The numbers in the title refers to the number of figures linked.”
Richard Saja, The Plague Doctor, 2020, cotton floss embroidered on found toile fabric, 23 x 23 in.⠀⠀
“My work usually takes an historic print and, through embellishment, re-contextualizes it, relying on the humor and surprise of juxtaposition. Generally a modern theme is introduced but I opted to look back for The Plague Doctor in order to indicate that this isn’t a new phenomenon, that we’ve been here before and weathered the storm and will do so again this time—albeit with only marginally better tools at our disposal than a mask filled with aromatic herbs.” @richardsaja
Sascha Mallon, About Forever, ongoing installation, glazed porcelain, glazed stoneware, mohair, cashmere, each boat approx. 4 x 2 in.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
"I am a ceramic artist. Since I have to stay at home, I continue working on my piece “About Forever” in which I make little boats of people who have passed away. The installation is in my attic." saschamallon.art / @sascha.mallon / facebook.com/sascha.mallon
Tasha Depp, Self Portrait Wearing Bandana in Walmart, 2020, oil on canvas, 8 x 10 in.
“The quarantine is a relief; but washing, groceries, and continuing to work as a part-time postal worker is stressful. The earth needed a rest and so did we.” tashadepp.com / @tashadepp
Riva Weinstein, Deer Masks, 2020, bone, baskets, blanket, easel, various dims., Photo: Larry Illges
“In early March, just as the pandemic was taking hold, I began a month-long outdoor installation/investigation at The Unison Arts Center, site of Composed to Decompose, curated by Linda Weintraub and Michael Asbill. As the news unfolded in real-time, I took refuge in responding to the land and previous artists' work—all in conversation with the earth.” rivaweinstein.com / @riva_isms
Joy Taylor, Ho Ho, 2020, acrylic and paper, 22 x 30 in.
“These are imaginary close-up views of some alternate universe—or sections of our universe at some other time. Color plus shape is powerful. These small paintings refer to very large paintings that are on hold for the moment.” joytaylorart.com / @joytaylor⠀
Tona Wilson, Dormitory, 2020, postcard, tea bag, 3 1/2 x 5 x 1 1/4 in.
“I have not had more time to work; my day job as a Spanish interpreter has demanded more, rather than less time, so focus comes in small spurts tinged with anxiety. Still, that focus does come at times, and I have combined small elements—postcards and tea bags, backlit on my windowsills, to make tiny 2-dimensional works, sculptures, site-specific installations, and short videos.” tonawilson.com / @tona_wilson
Aaron Hauck, Sam with Dogs, oil on panel, 11 x 14 in.
“We are really taking the quarantine seriously. My partner and I work from home/studio usually, so the quarantine has had less impact on us than probably most. Fortunate to be healthy. My paintings have always been direct surroundings inspired so I have been doing some portraits of my partner and myself, our home and objects I can see.” aaron-hauck.squarespace.com/ @aj_hauck
Phyllis Palmer, Libra 2, 2020, watercolor on stained Kahdi paper, 22 x 17 in.
“This series began in early January and builds on some past work that incorporates elements that reflect my meditation practice. Now, each day, I take my fear and anxiety to the studio and lose myself in color and shape which brings me to a place of calm and balance.” phyllispalmerart.com