PLEASE OBSERVE STAY HEALTHY ORDER
In March 2020, an electronic sign appeared on the highway, and for weeks flashed the message, “please observe stay healthy order” to help manage the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The message served as a reminder to follow social distancing protocols however, I was struck by the improbability and significance of the directive's language: we are living in a time where we need to be ordered to stay healthy. PLEASE OBSERVE STAY HEALTHY ORDER memorializes the moment, as a contemplation of the factors that led us here.
Painting - Mixed Media
64 in X 94 in
In the painting, the ominous message is tempered by vibrant, nostalgic text set against a plain expanse, and placed off to the side. Intensity of color falls away throughout the text, suggesting a passage of time - reminding us that our actions today shape our tomorrows faraway, tomorrows that arrive in a blink of an eye. The painting makes use of a flattened, monochromatic frame that distracts little from the painting, anchoring our focus within the text’s meaning.
PLEASE OBSERVE STAY HEALTHY ORDER, though directly referencing COVID-19, indirectly touches on the social and political discord that defined the United States in 2020, and follows my interest in care of self/care of other themes.