This small slice of wall is next to our front door. There is a buzzer and a hook, where we hang our keys — and now face masks.
I wanted this painting to have a stillness that comes with an image blurred by the monotony of being seen so many times that we hardly see it at all. I sharpened it into focus, especially the key, one of the most used mundane objects in our “old” lives.
I used an orange undercoat to accentuate the mask. The background is a thin layer with washes of wiped-away paint. The removal is what gives the wall its softness, hinting at an interior — the doorframe, the edges of the buzzer, or just the type of lines that comprise our everyday spaces.
The undercoat’s strong effect gives the feel of an artificial sunset, where strange shadows and the words “talk / listen” (along with their inviting buttons) interrupt the orange glow of nostalgia. There is a kind of burning / razing right now, a feeling that while the path forward is more uncertain than before, we face it with resilience. This image has a warmth that's comforting (just as the process of creating it was for me), but the need to preserve even a normal this wary — and painful — reminds me that nostalgia, no matter how much we yearn for it, is best handled with caution.
This is a gallery-quality giclée art print on 100% cotton rag archival paper, printed with archival inks. Each art print is listed by sheet size and features a minimum one-inch border.