The Covid & Me series started as the Covid–19 pandemic began to spread rapidly and Governor Newsom declared a shelter in place order. In my studio I had paper, ink, water colors, pencils and some old children’s dictionaries, and the radio. Each day there were reports of the growing epidemic, racial injustice, police brutality, raging fires, floods, and evidence of the rise of fascism.

I started drawing. I was the most available subject. While listening to the radio, and going through the children’s dictionaries, I found words, definitions and illustrations to collage my own feelings about the growing chaos.

Book 1:
A Covid & Me Book of drawings spring: 2020 Oakland california,
cotton, conte crayon, collage
2.5″ x 6″ x .5″
This is the first book of the series.The text is just the reiteration of the title until in the end I began to feel guilty and realized that I should include others.

Book 2:
AnoTHer Covid & me Book of Drawings summer 2020 OAKLAND, California
cotton, conte crayon, collage
6″ x 4.25″ x .75″
As covid continued,  the radio provided the text and the definitions from the dictionaries added serendipitously to the content.

Book 3:
COVID & ME !!! Book of Drawings fall: 2020 OAKLAND California
cotton, conte crayon, water color, collage
4″ x 4.25″ x .5″
After spending the summer indoors, hearing reports of wildfires, racial injustices and the governmental responses, I was left numb.

Book 4:
COVid & Me FALL Cont’d 2020 OAKLAND California
cotton, ink, water color, collage
5″ x 5.25″ x 1″
Donald Trump’s “herd mentality” solutions to the pandemic and other outrageous statements left me angry, worried and exhausted.

Book 5:
cotton, ink, watercolor, collage
4.5 “x 4.75 ” x .5″
The quotes from Woody Guthrie, “You fascists are bound to lose”, and from Michelle Obama, “When they go low we go high”, are some of the things to hold onto during this constitutional crisis.

Book 6:
MORE & MORE covid fall 2020
cotton, water color, ink
4.5 x 4.5 x .75
A million dead worldwide. Election day is finally here. Rain has come, and a vaccination is on its way.

Book 7:
COVID & me (STILL) FALL 2020 Oakland, California
cotton, graphite, collage
4.5″ x 4.5″ x .75
The connection to racial injustice, environmental degradation, political and economic collapse is overwhelming.  Where to go from here?

Book 8:
Covid Winter 2020-2021 On And On
cotton, ink, graphite, collage, gouache
5.25″ x 3.25″ x .5″
Covid deaths continue to grow; a coup by an insane mob is attempted on the capital; the current president is impeached for a second time; a new president and vice president have been sworn in. And now the cleanup begins.

Book 9:
COVID + me TOO MUCH IS ENOUGH!!!!! STOP, winter 2021
cotton, collage, watercolor, graphite, ink
6.25″ x 6.25″ x .75″
A year has gone by since the first reports of covid–19 ravaged the world. Much has happened politically, culturally, medically, and environmentally.  Everyday there is something new to wrestle with: political breakdown, insurrections, protests, and environmental disasters. But there does seem to be some hope for positive change?