November 19 – December 31, 2022
Bay Area artist Ellen Vogel presents a series of drawings that engage a dialog between trust and awareness, to create visual representations of pandemic states of mind during the COVID era. Titled Pandemic Companions, the exhibit is the result of Vogel’s use of deliberately simplified tools, including a rigorous adherence to the graphic beauty of red, white and black. She works by trusting her drawing hand, at the same time isolating the thinking mind so it cannot censor immediate responses. In this way, she “follows” drawn marks which are innately authentic until the process becomes self conscious. All works were created during the 2nd year of the pandemic.
Vogel writes, “This seemed like a timely exercise in trust and opening. The resulting drawings were often amusing to me and seemed reflective of my “pandemic time” emotions taking temporary form. I found them good company.”