Art Enables is pleased to present an exhibition of drawings and paintings made at home by our resident artists. Like many others, our artists found themselves suddenly shifting to remote work in 2020. They have been physically at home more than ever, while simultaneously further away from the “home” – the comfort, stability, inspiration and additional support – they typically find among their wider communities. The works included here reflect this shift and the larger experience of 2020 in multiple ways. Familiar subjects of natural beauty and daily life share space with concerns around COVID-19 - social distancing, anxiety, and isolation. Works championing the Black Lives Matter movement include portraits of George Floyd, Martin Luther King Jr. and other icons of Black history. Refined drawings are presented alongside those with a rougher, more immediate feel: sketches and artistic exercises made with materials on hand in the moment. All works evidence a group of dedicated artists who continue to create during a time that has brought us both closer and further away from the things that previously shaped and centered our lives.
"Home/Away from Home" includes work by: Maurice Barnes, Jay Bird, Mara Clawson, Jacqueline Coleman, Robert Corcoran, Egbert “Clem” Evans, Debora Green, Michael Haynes, Payman Jazini, Michael Knox, Toni Lane, Paul Lewis, Raymond Lewis, Helen Lewis, Charles Meissner, Vanessa Monroe, Gillian Patterson, Shawn Payne, Max Poznerzon, Eileen Schofield, Sarah Swan, Nonja Tiller, and Imani Turner.
"This is a view from my living room. Because I've been staying inside so much, I look out this window a lot."
- Vanessa Monroe
"This piece was created in response to the institutionalized racism in the United States and the deadly police shootings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor."
- Shawn Payne
"In 1968, Shirley Chisholm was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress. In 1972, she ran for president of the United States of America, being the first woman to run for the Democratic Party. She really inspired me."
- Toni Lane
"Its funny the way when you drink milk from your cup, you get a milk mustache. We usually do mornings because breakfast is the most important meal of the day."
- Mara Clawson
"I drew a picture of characters using a biohazard waste bag and picking up the virus in this drawing. I got angry about the virus because I miss my job and seeing my friends."
- Nonja Tiller