'Facing the Times' essay by Sophia Cai in response to AboutFace
During the turnaround we all experienced in early 2020, the artisan gallery space closed and the exhibition program was suspended.
A callout then went to artists and makers in our community and beyond to respond to the experience of COVID-19 through creative reinterpretations of the symbolic surgical mask.
Inundated with an overwhelming response, the results serve to capture as a snapshot a global, personal and philosophical spin on what was happening.
Writer Sophia Cai has replied to the stories captured in the AboutFace online gallery, via her computer whilst in lockdown in Melbourne.
Her sensitive and insightful words bring together a broader interpretation as well as her own sensitive and personal reflection on the immeasurably foreign visitation and transitory experiences of the Coronavirus.
Image: AboutFace, Anonymous, Skin, 2020, image by artisan