manipulated photos/collage, tray with acrylic; 18x24x1.5”

“I invited family and friends to text me photos of themselves in protective masks, then allow me to appropriate for my own manipulations – doing all quickly, allowing transformations at an unconscious level as far as possible. A word appears on each REMODEL connecting in some manner to the image and/or the virus. But, once again, added with little forethought, allowing fewer constraints with less overworking, thus the image is immediate, finalized, and sent to the masker. This seemed an interesting and timely project for days of isolation since requiring no direct contact, as well as giving me a project to work on during April and May 2020. The final presentation is a tray to serve masks & disinfectants on when we can again socialize at home. Includes 42 maskers & 6 MIAs.”

ARTIST BIO: Diana Duncan Holmes has worked as a visual artist for 45 years, often in collaboration with poet Timothy Riordan. She has taught at the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, and The Cincinnati Art Academy. Her work has shown in the U.S. and abroad and is in collections both public and private.