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Letters from Lockdown, 2020

drypoint prints with ink, watercolor, and gouache

 

During the first six weeks of COVID confinement, while teaching remotely and in isolation, I came across proofs from my series of alphabet prints (1994-1996) and began applying paint to them. I felt no conscious wish to make statements about my experience. I simply needed to focus my energy using tangible materials at hand, knowing that undirected play can lead to discovery. These manipulated prints prepared me for the series of Covid Diary paintings on paper that followed.