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Alumni Voices from the Quarantine Exhibition

Artists across the country and right here in Georgia have adjusted to the circumstances of the Covid-19 quarantines. Whether a practicing graphic designer or an art educator, each experienced disruption in their routines; however, they still produced artwork. We contacted our alums and asked them to share their work inspired by the quarantine.

The Department of Visual Arts Art Galleries are excited to share our latest online exhibition: Alumni Voices from the Quarantine. The artists in this exhibition graduated from the University of North Georgia, Gainesville State College and North Georgia College & State University. Like our current students, some used art to reflect their mood, others reflected on life outside of the quarantine. Each one represents the wide range of reactions of the UNG visual arts alums to this remarkable time.

Kate Ash

The Bells
Mixed traditional and digital media

image of hand on bell with a bird with many lamp lights in the background inside

Morgan Auten

Untitled: Time in Quarantine 1
Acrylic on canvas

I have admired minimalist artists and color field painters for years. While I have painted abstractly for several years, I was always afraid to make the leap to a more minimal painting style. When the pandemic hit, all my inhibitions left and I decided that I needed to paint what I wanted instead of worrying about what anyone else said or thought of my work. My art during quarantine has been some of my bravest work to date.

acrylic painting with shapes and colors - abstract

Madison Beaulieu

Remote
Procreate and Apple pencil on the iPad

Creating coloring pages began as a way for me to check in with myself and process the news around the pandemic. I needed to make time to sit and draw during a time when all routine and normalcy evaporated. This piece reflects how powerless I felt during the early stages of the pandemic. What could one do at the time besides #Tahoe and watch it unfold? The pandemic has taught me to relax the grip on what I thought would happen and really be present with what is happening. Despite the global crisis, there are good things unfolding around us. And maybe because of the global crisis, we are holding those good things even more dear.

illustration of remote control that has the words - control is an illusion on the bottom part

Lauren Bradshaw

Void Fill
Terracotta clay, press molded

The ephemeral installation, Void Fill, describes the vulnerability of a sudden separation from my studio, companions, and routine while transitioning into uncertainty. The title refers both to the act of filling packing materials with clay to use them as molds, and the fact that packing materials are often referred to as “void fill”. The work accurately depicts the degradation of this current dystopian world as it is exposed to the elements and slowly withers away.

preparing wet terracotta
terracotta solid in shape of packaging mold on dirt

Isaac Bramblett

Saratoga - Corona Indian
Acrylic on canvas

During the Covid Pandemic, I was approached by the Krewe Of Red Beans in New Orleans. They asked me to paint this portrait of a Mardi Gras Indian for a benefit auction in order to raise relief funds for those affected by the Corona Virus.  

portrait of a Mardi Gras Indian woman

Renee Marie Brooks

Woman in Red Drapery
Acrylic on canvas

image of woman with black hair in long red drapery

Christy Cason

Through the Window
Acrylic on canvas

painting of view looking out of window - two chairs, water and green field in view

Kyle Clark

Carbon Study No. 3
Okawara Japanese paper, goat skin, deer parchment, handmade flax paper, carbon, binders board, wheat starch paste, linen thread, blind tooling

Through my Carbon Study series I seek to abstract form and function by blending the inherently disparate inner and outer layer of the book, challenging what it means to read, and questioning how much of the reading experience is generated by the book object or the critically engaged observer. The reader is invited to discover nuance in tone and form created by the act of alteration and burning, ultimately drawing their own interpretations of meaning. Themes that have emerged while producing this series have included humanity's relationship to the natural world, ecological cycles, and continual transformation.

image of book binding and outside cover
photo of pages created inside book

Amy Henke

Put Your Hands Up
Mixed media

picture of hands up in oval shape with surrounding text

Rebecca Knowles

Masked First Lady
Conte crayons, graphite pencils, india ink pens, and colored pencils

image of first lady Melania Trump with cloth mouth mask on

Jessica Loklar

Kayleen
Oil on canvas

As Covid-19 ravages the world and we are sheltered in place, I have felt despondent and afraid. To alleviate my anxiety I searched for sources of light in my life; I looked to people I admire, people who are strong and resilient, people who are adaptable and kind.

portrait of young woman in sleeveless green and white top and a green hat with white glove

Isabella Martino

In the Daylight
Acrylic on canvas

Our bodies are remarkable and beautiful and we should celebrate them always. Yet, what I was craving above all during quarantine was genuine human connection: it's not just our bodies at night... it's what we see, feel and do in the daylight that matters most. And it's one of countless reasons why portraiture has remained a constant companion for me.

back view of a person with color palette of blues and greens

Jill Raden

Reflection
Acrylic on canvas

This time of quarantine looks different for everyone. I want to share a work that expresses the many emotions felt during this period of time.

acrylic painting of rope ladder extending through out imagery

Vanessa Studebaker

Peace Like a River
Adobe InDesign/Illustrator

 The phrase "He's got the whole world in his hands" with a dove on top of black background with faint wors such as wildfires, quarantine, six feet, george floyd, and more

Mary Thompson

One of Life’s Certainties
April 2020, Digitally Colored Illustration

 illustration with woman with black hair and kneeling skeleton with scythe

 

Gretchen Vanderbunt

Rainbow Trout
Acrylic on plywood

painting of rainbow trout on wood

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