Corona Diary

At the beginning of our Shelter in Place experience, I issued a challenge to artist friends to create an art piece that chronicled their time at home. We each contributed material that the others could elect to use in their pieces. Although I didn’t use all of the material, I did use some material contributed by each artist. The box for this collage is an empty cardboard coke carton contributed by Candace.The material scraps were donated by Jeannie and Candace, as was the beer cap. The joker card contributed by someone was too large so I found a smaller version, then had Trump’s head superimposed by my Photoshop-canny friend Sharon.

The leaf holding a depiction of the yellow butterflies that fluttered around the tabachine bush near the hammock where Morrie and I spent many happy hours was contributed by Brad, the magazine that contributed the “Endless” by Jeannie..Most of the objects I either fabricated or found in my studio. The computer has a screen depicting our president’s announcement suggesting we inject various elements into our bodies.Diego is depicted with one of the two and a half dozen freshly-baked peanut butter cookies he consumed when we were all busy dealing with plumbing and internet problems.

The book I was formatting is shown miniaturized, but somehow ended up being copied as a mirror image. The pencils and paintbrush I fabricated, the scissors are tiny miniatures from my charm drawer. Since the first month and a half were filled with the sounds of rainbirds (Mexican name for cicadas) I had to include a cicada…and my infestation by bees is recorded as well. Lots of food and drink fills out the rest of the box.. and music and books. All-in-all, a busy time makes for a stuffed box. When I finally am able to leave and go about business, I intend to have a clear plexiglass box made to hold the box in better shape. Until then, it remains in its own tweaked shape. Pictures will enlarge if you click on them.

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

21 thoughts on “Corona Diary

  1. joanmyles

    Thanks syour words swept me right into things, wishing you love and light *willows in mist**smiling clouds**children dancing*o much for the description of things, Judy, since this blind gal is not able to access pictures,


  2. judyreeveswriter

    I do love your assemblages, Judy. When I see one, such as you’ve posted here, in my mind, I see you working, how you choose this and that and rummage through this drawer and that basket and how exacting you are in making the miniatures of books and such. This is a beautiful example of your artistry. I’m glad it will find a plexiglass home that will preserve it, and I’ll hope to see it in real live person in the not too distant future. Thanks for sharing it and for telling its story on your blog.


    1. lifelessons Post author

      It’s a bit gaudy, but wanted to use the material my friends provided. One other person is finished and her piece is amazing. I’ve asked her if I can put a photo of it on my blog..

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