An artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.
In Lexington, Kentucky, the universities and public schools closed on Friday, March 13th. Faith communities were asked to suspend their services.
Major social events were canceled, including the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Public libraries shuttered, too.
Everyone has been asked to practice social distancing. This is hard, even for the introverts among us and even if we call it something else, like “physical distancing,” in order to affirm our lasting commitment to community.
On Monday, March 16th, the first day the changes impacted many of us, we started this new artwork--two or three photographs captured every day.
When asked what’s on their minds, Chris tells us: “Everyone’s got their own agenda. My daughter came back from UK and went to her room. My son is concerned about his computer gaming. Mercedes is concerned how she is going to teach all 600 of her students.
Mitchell is a rescue. Anthony and Dean got him at Wags for Drag 10 years ago. His original family had named him Mitch after Mitch McConnell. Anthony and Dean renamed him Mitchell after Mitchell from Modern Family.
Dan and Lauren had planned an outing to Sidebar Grill to get takeout a little bit later in the evening. “This may be the last time we can get their burgers … for a while … and that’s a real thought,” Dan mused.
Kerri was figuring out how to juggle school, her two-year-old being home from daycare (the daycare closed the day before), and a baby on the way, not knowing what state the world will be when the baby arrives.
Arturo took a break from working on new artworks to sit for a picture. We really wished we could have seen his work-in-progress—a series of 7 pieces about light and creativity—but we knew better than to enter someone else’s space.
Tanzi continues to work at God's Pantry Food Bank and feels privileged to still have a job. In fact, her job is very secure, but it’s really emotional for Tanzi to know it’s secure only because so many are experiencing food insecurity.
With Hannah’s help, Felice has been home-schooling her kids for almost two weeks. The tradition of afternoon tea is, in fact, part of their daily calendar: “3 PM—Tea & Poetry.” Most of the time, they bake cookies at home.
On the first day of social distancing, Ciara made an embroidery that said “Stay ready.” She meant that both as “get enough to live on” and as “be ready for the good things that can happen.” For her, making art is a way to heal and learn.