Friday, May 22, 2020

Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic (19)

Two works by artist Billie Bond are included in the online exhibition "Artists and Poets Respond to the Pandemic": "Breathe 1 and 2" and "The Look of Resilience". I have paired the former, which addresses the words "Masks/Personal Protection Equipment" with a stanza from Drew Myron's poem "Tuesday, pandemic."

[. . .] A neighbor has sewn masks that she hangs /
from a string with a sign that says take one /
as if we're sharing tomatoes or gossip. // [. . .]
~ from "Tuesday, pandemic"

Billie Bond, "Breathe 1 and 2," 2018
Black Stoneware, Resin, and Gold
33 cm x 20 cm x 20 cm

Read Drew's poem.

Billie Bond is an award-winning sculptor who approaches her figurative abstractions with great sensitivity, creativity, and appreciation of human anatomy. 

A member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, Billie has displayed work on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square in London, in a curated space at London's Saatchi Gallery during the Strarta Art Fair, and in the national campaign "Breaking Depression."

Billie lives and works in Essex, England.

Drew Myron is a writer and editor who lives in Oregon. "Art," Drew says, "is solace in these dark days, and writing is providing me great comfort."

St. Michael's Episcopal Church (Arlington, Va.), which supports the arts ministry I lead, is hosting the multi-part online exhibition. On the church's new Instagram page, you'll find images of other artworks, which are augmented daily. Websites, blog sites, and additional information about all the participating artists and poets can be found at "Artists' Biographical Information" and "Poets' Biographical Information," respectively. Some of the artworks are available to purchase; see "Purchase List for Artworks."

Note: Billie Bond was the subject of my April 16, 2020, Artist Watch column at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life.

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