[Colors of Remembrance]
In this series, I create drawings that act as memorials to those who have tragically lost their lives in the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. Whether through disorganization or a cavalier attitude towards life, local and national US responses to the virus have cost real people their lives. I take the formal language of minimalism and reintroduce narrative by seeing these daily drawings as visualizations, with each line representing a person lost to the pandemic. By creating drawings that act as visualizations to the coronavirus pandemic, I hope to engage us to remember each person lost with a subtly unique color.
This drawing represents the national data from the date September 11, 2020. In 2001, 2,996 people were killed in the terrorist attack. In the 2020 pandemic, on the same day 1,018 Americans died from the virus.
(As we prepare for The Archive to Come, the mismanaged response to the virus has killed more Americans than World War I (116,516). As of September 21, 2020, 200,736 people have died, with future projections going far past the American death count from World War II (291,557)).
- Telematic Media Arts. “The Archive to Come”, San Francisco, CA, USA. Curated by Carla Gannis and Clark Buckner, 22 October – 17 December 2020.