Nov. 17, 2021 — In the fall of 2020, Lauren Scott Corwin, NMH visual arts teacher, connected with a group of fellow artists and mothers twice a month over Zoom to support each others’ artistic pursuits. “What was clear from the start was that making art while caretaking during the pandemic was a big throughline for how we got by,” Corwin said. “The balance between home and work life was blurred for so many families. Domestic spaces were transformed into classrooms or offices, and the hum of daily life had a new structure.”
Painting at night or using the dining room table as a makeshift studio space while handling big life changes — moving, homeschooling, caring for an elderly relative, maintaining the emotional toll of family members working in the Covid ward, and trying to make sense of the world at the time — were shared experiences, and the art helped them process new roles and establish ways to tell their story.
Fast forward to today, and the result is a group show curated by Corwin featuring textiles, quilts, embroidery, painting, and conceptual art by five artists and mothers on display in the Gallery at the Rhodes Arts Center through Dec. 12. WORK/LIFE showcases work by Anna McKeown, Aremy Stewart, Coulter Fussell, Jessica Kitzman, and Victoria Smits. “Although we have never met in person, the work of these artists represents the role of caretakers during the pandemic,” Corwin said. “I am proud to be able to share their voices in a show that exemplifies resilience and honesty.”
The Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. Maximum occupancy is 16 people. Off-campus guests must be vaccinated, masked, and limit their visit to the gallery.
See photos of the exhibit here.