NADA Presents 

Life at Home During the Pandemic

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Brian Garbrecht

Brian Garbrecht, Mary in Quarantine, Polaroid, 2020

Brian Garbrecht, Quarantine (Self-Portrait), Polaroid, 2020

Brian Garbrecht, Dad Photobooth Strip, Screen Print on Paper, Film Strip (Family Archive), 2021

Brian Garbrecht: These are all works I have made during the pandemic. The Polaroids were taken during the second month of the initial quarantine during the pandemic. The screen print is of a photo booth strip I found of my dad while looking through old family photos during quarantine.

Brandi Nevarez

Brandi Nevarez, 3D Cup Noodle, Interactive Animation, 2021

Brandi Nevarez, Idiot Sandwich, Animated Gif, 2021

Brandi Nevarez: As a college student I usually find myself too busy to cook anything (thank god my mom would bring me some home cooked meals), but I usually find myself going for a hot cup of noodles as a quick meal. It's also been a comfort food for me during this pandemic. It's quick and easy to make, not to mention it's tasty when you add other ingredients such as oyster sauce, carrots, and chop green onions. I created these works both for fun and to experiment with different mediums/programs. The biggest one I am learning is Spline and how to create 3D interactive models.

Aidan Piper

Aidan Piper, Selfie #39, Silver Darkroom Print, 2020

Aidan Piper, Selfie #7, Archival Injet Print, 2020

Aidan Piper, Super Stacker, Silver Darkroom Print, 2020

Aidan Piper: During the early days of our shelter in place order, artists like myself turned to household materials as building blocks for their creative process. In each of these images, I challenged myself to channel my expression through my immediate domestic surroundings as a way of coping with the confinement that we all experienced in 2020. While this year has been difficult for everyone, I am aware of the social inequities that have caused this pandemic to disproportionately impact BIPOC communities. As such, all proceeds from art I have sold throughout the pandemic have been donated to organizations that directly support BIPOC communities. This crisis has demonstrated the need for unity, and I would like to thank all artists who have used their talents to help others and contribute to the common good.

Joshua Cordero

Joshua Cordero, Home and Me, Short Film, 2021

Joshua Cordero: The synopsis is a boy not being able to leave the house. Every time he does, he is sent back like he is in a loop. The message of the short film is on how we should accept the fact we were at lockdown and to stay creative despite having little to do at home. The loop is a metaphor of being in lockdown.

Kellie Jarr

Kellie Jarr, never enough, Mixed Media, 2021

Kellie Jarr, Teaching #1, Photography, 2021

Kellie Jarr, Teaching #2, Photography, 2021

Kellie Jarr: During the pandemic I have been teaching Art to children over Zoom/Google meets and it has been an interesting experience. Teaching Art virtually, there are a lot of limitations, but art is a great tool to express, relax, and even cope with things.

Sally Dao

Sally Dao, Noodles & OJ, Digital Illustration, 2020

Sally Dao, Gardener Lulu, Digital Illustration, 2020

Sally Dao: These pieces and Lulu represents a portion of my life at home during the pandemic: getting into plants and making pasta dishes. Being at home more often gave me the chance to dive into new hobbies and expand on the ones I already have.

Abbi Gehris

Abbi Gehris, Just Breathe, Ink & Colored Pencils, 2020

Abbi Gehris: I created this during the height of lockdown. The meaning behind it was taking a second to breathe in the nature around us. The world was crazy and frantic but being able to walk outside and see the flowers still blooming just reminded me to just breathe and remember the challenges will eventually pass and that this was a chance to slow down a little and take time to enjoy the nature around me.

Jacqueline Sanchez

Jacqueline Sanchez, Routine, Charcoal on Paper, 2021

Jacqueline Sanchez: My art in the middle of the pandemic has been all about trying to escape a sense of uneasiness and recover my freedom. Contrary to what many may believe during these uncertain times, makeup and skincare routines are things that have helped me keep in control of my emotions. It used to be a thing I would do everyday before going to school or other places. I stopped for a few months when quarantine began, but then realized I needed to take control of my life and my moods again. I sometimes still feel uneasy, but it is not as bad as when things started.

Maria Pallchizaca

Maria Pallchizaca, Self Love, Photography, 2021

Maria Pallchizaca, Transformation, Photography, 2021

Maria Pallchizaca, Artistry, Photography, 2021

Maria Pallchizaca: Makeup is a way to express myself in different ways. I see makeup as a way to take care of myself and boost my confidence. It has also been a way to express myself in an artistic way, transforming myself into different characters by creating different looks with makeup. Makeup is not everything but it has been a way to keep myself creative while the world is shut down and isolated.

Zinnia Nguyen

Zinnia Nguyen, Lotus Sunset, Digital Illustration, 2021

Zinnia Nguyen, She's Not Just Eye-Candy, Digital Illustration, 2021

Zinnia Nguyen: Being at home the entire year, I didn't realize how much I miss going out and just seeing any type of scenery. The Lotus Sunset was inspired by Vietnamese landscapes & culture. I couldn't handle Vietnam's hot weather when I was younger, but I would love to give it another try so I can see different types of landscape.

 

It's heartbreaking to hear that people get killed, but more painful to know that it's within your own community for simply being a person that others label. She’s Not Just Eye Candy is about how the pandemic has brought the worst out in some people. This has also opened my eyes to the fact that some people will paint me however they like with their eyes and hold it against me if they desire.

Rebekah Farris

Rebekah Farris, Serenity, Colored Pencils and Ink, 2021

Rebekah Farris: My art piece, Serenity illustrates a person symbolizing the pose of meditation inside a home. Sometimes it is good to stay calm when the world around you is going through a crisis.

Mary Sheehan

Mary Sheehan, daydreaming, Photography, 2021

Mary Sheehan, 20210304-05, Photography, 2021

Mary Sheehan, 20201014-05, Photography, 2021

Mary Sheehan: All of my works represent what I have made during the pandemic, from the isolation of being at home during quarantine, to learning online and spending countless hours in video calls with teachers and classmates.

Adriana Chavero

Adriana Chavero, The Rooms I Frequent, Colored Pencils on Cardstock, 2020

Adriana Chavero, Self Portrait, Ink on Cardstock, 2020

Adriana Chavero: 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘙𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘴 𝘐 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘲𝘶𝘦𝘯𝘵 is about the rooms I am spending the most time in at home. This piece features textures that are found within my bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room, and my art room.

 

𝘚𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘗𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘵 is about taking supplies I already have at home, to portray what I look like almost every day while at home during the pandemic.

Isis Villagomez

Isis Villagomez, Capture Moments, Digital Illustration, 2021

Isis Villagomez, Im Only Half Dead, Digital Illustration, 2021

Isis Villagomez, Catrina, Digital Illustration, 2021

Isis Villagomez: Despite the year, 2020 helped me reflect on who I was as a person and where I come from. I had tendencies to do research on where or what consisted of my culture. One of the traditions was dia de los muertos, that I am so fascinated by (the day of the dead). To appreciate this holiday, I created the Catrina poster. Day of the dead art consists of vibrant or bright colors so I incorporated two vibrant colors.

 

To add on, 2020 also inspired me to challenge myself in the coming days/time to dedicate more time to create art/designs for my own personal growth. In doing so, I tried experimenting with my illustration style and really enjoyed illustrating skulls and exploring different color palettes. This is what inspired the Im Only Half Dead poster.

 

Capture Moments is a title which describes the poster itself. To date, taking photos and going on photo shoots to capture moments is pretty much important to me. I love to live in the moment but also love to have something to remember that moment/memory. What inspired Capture Moments was my interest in photography but also to capture those cherishable moments.

Eve Sullivan

Eve Sullivan, it's fine..., Inkjet Print, 2020

Eve Sullivan, i'm fine..., Inkjet Print, 2020

Eve Sullivan, you're fine..., Inkjet Print, 2020

Eve Sullivan: I really thought that I was handling the non-stop heartbreak of 2020 fairly well.  While working on a project for class, I was able to see myself through the objective view of the camera, and I realized that I was not at all in control. These images represent the disconnection, isolation, depression, anxiety, confusion, fear, frustration, and loss I've felt over the last year.