The “Creating Art in COVID” exhibit at Evolve Shepherdstown this month will document the pandemic from the perspective of ten artists. Sonya Evanisko, Professor at Shepherd University Department of Contemporary Art and Theater, is assisting with the organization of the exhibit and will be participating as well. Professor Evanisko’s work will include pieces that portray the magnitude of online purchasing during the pandemic (including “When Daylight Never Came”, 2020, shown above).
Evanisko remarked, “I have always been fascinated, yet dismayed, by global shipping practices of consumer goods. The sight of large metal shipping containers on the waterside, mounds of wooden pallets and stacks of cardboard boxes broken down for potential recycling visually emphasize the overwhelming amount of products moved and packaging waste created. Increasingly, household shipping grew during the pandemic. Despite the waste, I found beauty in the stacks of boxes, colorful graphics and layers of detritus by my front door. The visual towers migrated into my art, swaying in the desolate and at times tumultuous landscapes.”
An integral part of the exhibit will be statements by the artists discussing their creative processes during the pandemic and the relationship between the crisis and the works created. The exhibit will also have examples of poetry and prose created after March 2020.
Opening reception on July 22 (Thu), time TBD.
This exhibit runs until August 1, open Thursday afternoons, Friday 11 to 7 and Sunday mornings at 106 West German St, Shepherdstown.Staff Contributor