About this piece:
In the early weeks of the pandemic, my university was one of the first to shut down and move to remote learning. Within days, I was pre-recording drawing and design lectures for students now quarantined in their homes, while I was also quarantined in mine. I drastically revised my drawing curriculum, focusing all of our assignments on the concept of HOME. What does home mean to us? What stories do the objects in our homes tell?
I began drawing along with my students. It calmed my nerves, relieved my anxieties. The first drawing I made was of a small wooden bird on my window sill. The bird had been in the family for generations and was lovingly carved by a family friend. But now, in the midst of a pandemic, it told a new story. One of home, of longing, of quarantine.
Drawing became an antidote to the pandemonium brewing outside my window. As the virus raged on, the quiet and solitude of pencil to paper allowed me to cope with the uncertainties that lay ahead.
paper, colored pencil
About the artist:
Lives and works in North Adams, Massachusetts.
Valerie Carrigan works out of her studio in a historic mill in western Massachusetts where she produces drawings, paintings, prints and artist books. Her work explores the intersection of the natural world and the human spirit. Valerie is an awardee of the Assets for Artists Grant through Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) and is currently a Visiting Artist and Lecturer at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island, where she teaches Drawing, Design and Studies of the Book.