Recent work: 20A & 21A
These images represent work we undertook in isolation during the pandemic. The first series is called 20A. The second series is called 21A. 20A began at the beginning of the pandemic lockdown in 2020.
20A draws on the collective experience of catastrophe. While reflecting on the response to the global pandemic, we remembered other crises we had lived through-9/11, climate change, extreme weather, and how those events, though terrible, created cohesion, a sense of collective consciousness through collective suffering.
21A was developed after the lockdown began. The series reflects on the isolation and dissolution of our civil lives. Suddenly we were all shut-ins with only our immediate family and our problems. Tethered only to our dependants and our screens, bored, restless, and angry at an endless cycle of news stories that we cannot understand or control.
When we paint, we strive to work cohesively as a unit. We usually place a number of blank canvases on easels and then move quickly from one canvas to the next. At some point, we will flip the canvases or rotate them 180º. Our goal is to allow an idea or a series of ideas to rise up out of the process. All decisions are made together and critique is built in. There is a constant back and forth of destroying things and rebuilding or starting over. Sometimes we take on roles while painting. Often these roles are associated with color or light or value. For instance, one of us may play the role of Cerulean Blue while the other plays the role of Cadmium Yellow. The ultimate goal is always to lose ourselves in what we are doing.
2020, Acrylic on Canvas
2021, Acrylic on Canvas