your photograph, Metagraph, pigment ink, Japanese paper, acrylic
16 x 20 in (40.64 x 50.80 cm)
During this difficult time, I have launched a Social Distance Collaboration Art Project to collaborate with my collectors and fans. The project is intended to be a reminder of the beauty we are capable of when we work together. It is a spiritual portrait of this transformational moment. I will make an artwork in my Metagraphic style based on a photo of your choice, which will be printed on Japanese paper, hand varnished and mailed to you. The photo you email me should be personally meaningful to you. It could be a portrait of yourself, your loved ones, a colleague, a pet, or a place that is important in your life. It could be a photo of how you are spending your time in social isolation or how you remain connected in this physically disconnected time. The subject is your choice. The prints are priced: $75 for an 8”x10” print and $150 for a 16”x20”.
As the art world runs on social interaction at fairs, gallery openings, museum shows and performances, all of which have all been closed, many artists are struggling financially. Therefore, 10% of sales will be donated to the Artist Relief Fund, www.artistrelief.org.
Here is some of the thinking that inspired this project. While we are collectively quarantined at home or taking measures to maintain social distance and safe space, we are all experiencing something modern humanity has never seen before this time. Two archetypal urges stand before us in varying degrees as the model for our choices. We can either choose to entrain with fear and separation or we can entrain with love and unity. My hope is that when humanity emerges on the other side of this pandemic experience, we will collectively choose the archetype of connection over the archetype of separation. We will build a more connected, more compassionate, equitable collaborative and sustainable world. People have had the incredible experience of pausing the mad rush of modern life and had time to imagine outcomes. If we can collectively imagine it, we can collectively build it.
It is my wish to contribute to a collaborative outcome that remembers how we joined together in whatever capacity to deal with the pandemic in positive ways and celebrates our collective action. We can, when we really want to, achieve great things. We see businesses reimagine what they do in order to help. Distilleries are creating hand sanitizer, nurses and engineers are collaborating to find ways to sanitize and reuse protective equipment. People are sewing masks for healthcare workers at home. We suddenly have new appreciation for agricultural workers and food supply chain workers including grocery store workers. There are so many touching stories of neighborhood volunteers delivering food to the elderly or the most vulnerable. People everywhere are sacrificing their normal routines for the greater good. The examples are endless… which points to the beautiful way we can collectively come together despite our separation when we see that we are all in it together.
May this image serve as a reminder of this powerful unique collective global experience. May it serve as a reminder of our connection and of the dream of a better world when this is over, one that we all choose to create.