Before the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, I was producing paintings featuring distorted Canada Geese. The subject of these works is based on a memory I had of feeding geese on a riverbank with my late grandmother when I was nine years old. These recent works remain rooted in that memory of a time of comfort and mundanity during my childhood. This series is an extension of Irene on Fridays.
As social distancing began, the geese depicted in my work remain physically connected yet distant from each other in their spatial orientations. Even though the geese are connected to each other, they retain an individuality that contributes to a feeling of distance and isolation. Since begin home, I noticed Canada Geese flying above my house twice a day in the morning and evening. Their behavior didn't change during the pandemic and I wonder if they look down below and wonder what’s going on with us.