Inspired by Current Events

Artists draw inspiration from timeless material and cutting edge events. Today I’ll focus on some of the initial responses to the current global pandemic. Not surprisingly, street art was the first public artistic response to Covid 19.

Hong Kong street art

Artists’ incomes have been hit hard by the virus as so many sales venues, like art fairs, have shut down. The Viral art project features posters designed in response to Covid 19. Many are available for purchase.

Rajiv Fernandez poster

More artistic responses are shown in this article in “The Star” (out of Kuala Lumpur).

A glass sculpture entitled “coronavirus – COVID-19” created by British artist Luke Jerram is seen at his studio in Bristol, southwest of England on March 17, 2020. – Jerram has created a coronavirus – COVID-19 – glass sculpture in tribute to the huge global scientific and medical effort to combat the pandemic. Made in glass, at 23cm in diameter, it is 1 million times larger than the actual virus. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP)

You knew it was coming, the world’s first Covid 19 art museum has opened online. Work submitted so far is an interesting mix of humor and earnestness. (Note: beyond a certain point you’ll be asked to log into Instagram.)

Covid 19 has shut down in-person art exhibits worldwide. Many venues have responded with online exhibits, which is better than nothing, but especially hard on fiber exhibits where texture can be a big part of a piece. Colour With A U is a virtual SAQA art quilt exhibition at Homer Watson House and Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The good news is the gallery is scheduled to reopen on July 7 with some restrictions on visits. Now if I could just cross the border to Canada.

Judy Robertson, “Psychedelic Skies” detail

Even I have been inspired to create a collage response to Covid 19.

And yes, quilters have put together an Instagram page called Covid-19 global quilt.

Linking to this week’s Off The Wall Fridays.

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4 responses to “Inspired by Current Events

  1. Rebecca Grace

    You know, when I first saw those images of the coronavirus on TV, I was thinking they would make for a fantastic fabric print — reminded me of something Kaffe Fassett Collective would come out with! The glass sculpture is very cool. Thanks for sharing the virtual exhibit links!

  2. Norma Schlager

    Interesting to see all this covid inspired art. Thanks for sharing the links.

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