Survival of the human species has always relied on social connectedness; in an increasingly isolated world positive socialization and emotional empathy is more important than ever before. Empathy is a crucial part of the human experience. Empathy is not a single part of our human core, but rather a complex mix of physical and biological elements. People do not thrive while living in isolated circumstances; the COVID 19 pandemic has thrust us into
The Covid-19 pandemic has provided us with heightened examples of both empathy and lack of empathy. When the first cases were being reported in Michigan, people began to hoard items like toilet paper, hand sanitizer and bleach wipes. Bread disappeared, then flour and yeast became scarce. Store shelves continue to run bare, limiting consumers to the purchase of only two of all high demand products. Nevertheless, empathy was exhibited throughout the pandemic and did not go unnoticed despite the growing concerns and frustrations of the general public.
During this global pandemic, masks have become a symbol of empathy in our society. Masks and face coverings may not prevent exposure to the Coronavirus, but it can help in the prevention of spreading the disease. Wearing a mask is a symbol of empathy for the greater good. Representing this through oil paint was an important process for me as an artist while I
live in, and process a new world facing a global pandemic. Each portrait represents a different person, yet we are all bonded by the empathetic act of wearing a mask.
What my time at KCAD meant to me
The Masters of Art Education program at Kendall College has been an incredible journey. I found a place that shared my vision, joy and passion for art education. This experience has propelled my career as a teacher and as an artist.