About this Series
Viral Load, Bearing Witness to the Pandemic is a series of ten mixed media drawings on canvas, centered on the emotional consequences of cumulative, collective loss experienced during the CoVid-19 pandemic. Figures, poised in dissolution between translucent spirit and visible bone, rest in gestures of exhaustion, isolation and illness.
Vulnerable nude bodies wear the minimal “personal protective gear” of mask and gloves. Splatters and washes suggestive of invisible airborne transmissions, body fluids and viral particles provide muted color to gestural charcoal marks. Arc lines visually link each isolated figure in the series to the others, with implications of disrupted and virtual social networks. Difficult to read cursive text, written using water soluble graphite, includes blue hyperlinks and footnotes, indicating both personal web searches for information and evolving medical research.
Psychology shows that information processing and rational thinking are difficult to maintain when the emotionally reactive, instinctive mind is triggered. Schematic diagrams of the SARS CoV-2 virus responsible for CoVid-19, along with fragmented medical descriptions of pathophysiology, symptoms and complications of infection, merge imagery of cognitive “data overload” with the body language of emotional trauma and physical distress.
On a personal note: Before transitioning to a career in the arts, the artist's professional background included medical training, with several years of hands-on experience caring for the sick and dying.