Linda Bond (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow ’13), moves us through present times by sharing her pandemic journal. As we all try to make sense of what it means to be alive during this plague, ArtSake is forever grateful for the voice of artists that endure through moments of great trials.
Like most artists, I have had a number of professional opportunities cancelled or postponed this year.
As a way to reengage with my studio practice I began a “Pandemic ” journal on March 14 2020. I have made an entry every day since then, always including a least a snippet from the New York Times.
The imagery chronicles the pandemic, social unrest, the presidential campaign as well as the everyday happenings in my life.
As I prepare for a September 2021 twenty year retrospective at Drexel University in Philadelphia and a site-specific installation at Eastern State Penitentiary in May, my daily journaling continues. You can see the entire 344 entries (7 books) to date on my Instagram page, @lindabondart.
All images courtesy of Linda Bond.
Edith Chears says
I was quite taken with the Pandemic Journal of art and artifacts of the year. Well done — and encompassed the emotions, limitations, and longings of us all.