cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

This wall-sized piece has been my main studio work during the pandemic; it’s been my response to the global catastrophe as well as to the ordinary triumphs and tragedies that have occurred as usual in our lives.  The triumphs have been made less celebratory and the tragedies more difficult by the predicament we find ourselves in.

I’ve been struck by how, even in a pandemic, life goes on—and it sure is messy sometimes.  I keep having the distinct impression that we’re being kicked while we’re down.

I’ve posted before about this piece, which you can find here.  It’s not yet quite finished, and I think the element I’m adding will clarify my ideas even further, if all goes as planned.  I’ll post again when I have new photos of the completed project.


The Pandemic Project, mixed-media acrylic/ink on canvas, rust-patina steel, 112” x 185”, 2021, photo by R.R. Jones

Barbara Downs studio

R.R. Jones photographing The Pandemic Project in my studio