I asked a friend what had kept her occupied during the lockdown, and she said she had been staving off the impulse of writing down every single moment she had spent alone inside her apartment watching the ghost town-ish neighborhood by her window. She’s once a zealous escapist.
Highlighted in the article The Birth of Pandemic Art, artworks that had sprouted these past few months, particularly on Instagram, study the many facets of COVID19 in the socio-cultural context more than the history of art has ever seen. Read the excerpt below.
When speaking of COVID19, we might fiddle with the thought of a sci-fi flick translating to real life or envision a world reminiscent of a dystopian movie. But artists online are eager to show the face of the virus with the tip of a paint brush.
The Birth of Pandemic Art by Lila Marquez. Read the full article here.
Grace Han, founder of Towards a Compassionate Nation (TACN), a volunteer-run charity in China, rescued 14 cats and transferred them to Beijing to receive veterinary care and a better chance to be adopted. Some of them were saved from being sold and slaughtered for their meat, skin and fur, while others were previously strays, abandoned due to illness, and were likely ending up being trapped by cat meat traders. Grace and her friend Susana took them to Beijing for a better chance at life.
In aid of TACN, The Art of Compassion Project, an international art collective supporting vegan causes, hosted an online cat art poster auction to feature 50 artworks by artists hailing from the different corners of the globe. The cat art Giclée prints are currently up for bidding starting from £25.00 GBP. The auction runs from 6-13 May 2019. Proceeds from the project will go directly to TACN towards covering the cost for veterinary care, treatment, surgery, boarding, foster care and rehoming of these cats. Click here to go to the auction site. Preview some of the featured posters below.
Aloof, Curious and Watchful by Nicola McLean (Scotland)
Embrace of Love by Jade.MB_I Don´t Eat Grass (Italy)
And, finally, we came up with a more compound one, attempting to study, if not defy, the limits of style, structure, and media, thus, departing from the margins while keeping space, as we know it, undefined, so to speak. With the book’s dynamic approach to an age when we are all subject to compartmentalized outlooks and fed with a prepackaged sense of identity, it’s a challenge to insist on finding meaning and value in ubiquity.
Sometimes, while you’re trying to outsmart time behind your work desk, you meet with your thoughts and ask questions you dare not ask your kitties. Then you try to find a way to impart that conversation to any surface you can find. And when you do find it, the universe simply opens up its doors to usher you in.
Half-empty words wash away
the narratives, spilt favours,
modern fatigue —
we owe the landowners —
as our worn out pleas
flee in silence.
Our kins rode the wings of fate
in begging fashion,
shoveling their own
craving for death.
We mourn for old debts,
for we are tiny pebbles
in a shore of gluttons.
What purpose do our lips serve
when we speak pass the clouds?
While we cease to embrace
the pen with our tongues?
We dug out the snare, fist and spine.
They fed on our spirit.
I lost your grip
in the thunderstorm, and you,
likewise, lost mine
under the dragon’s breath –
a huge firewall stood
between us – a dead end’s curse,
cirrus clouds loomed
from a distance tainting
the sun’s rays, no illuminated path
the rainbow’s bend dared
deny us a destination.
Tagalog translation by a friend
Nawala ko ang iyong kapit
nang bumagyo’t nagrilim, at ikaw,
ganoon din, nabitawhan kita
sa lilim ng dambuhalang hininga –
‘sang ga-bituing pader ang poder
nating sangga – sumpang sadya,
malabalahibong ulap ng kilabot
mula sa di-kalayuan ang lumimlim
sa mga sinag ng araw,
naglaho ang daang matuwid
arko ng balangaw ang tumindig
upang ipagkait sa atin ang tagpuan.