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Daily Artworks, March 17, 2020 - June 15, 2021
by Elizabeth Addison
Elizabeth Addison is a Berkeley, California-based visual artist, curator, and educator whose works are included in numerous private and public collections. Elizabeth’s practice encompasses printmaking, painting, digital media, and immersive installation. She daily records images on her walks and transforms them into Mandalas of ‘the one… the universe.’ Her work ranges from examining California’s native flora, invasive species, and the cosmos to social justice, the climate crisis, and environmental equity. Elizabeth has exhibited extensively throughout the West Coast and nationally. She is an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute, the Exhibitions Chair for Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art’s (NCWCA, and a member of both the Bay Area Women’s Artists Legacy Project and WEAD (Women Eco Artists Dialog.)
From the first mandated shelter in place day on March 17, 2020 through the official lifting of restrictions on June 15, 2021, I publicly posted my normally private “Daily Practice” artworks as a new series, “Pandemania Days.”
For 456 days, I posted a unique daily artwork accompanied by a journal entry on Facebook and Instagram. Most of these works are digital mandalas with a botanical theme. They are inspired by observations from my rigorous daily pandemic walks – a habit that survives to this day. I took Photographs on these walks–stopping to appreciate the micro and macro –these images were the raw materials for my daily creative journey. Utilizing a collection of apps., digital tools, and the Adobe Suite I would play with the day’s imagery and collect my thoughts. Because the digital process began to feel painterly, dimensional, and layered, I decided call these works digital assemblages.
Below the surface, each of these works documents a day in my life. They also respond to aspects of our confounding times – musing on issues both big and small, ranging from California’s native flora, invasive species, and the cosmos to covid-19, the climate crisis, social upheaval, and environmental equity.
Some of my written entries were quite raw and opened me up to unexpected online engagement, most of it quite good. When I ended the series, I was surprised that I had loads of followers. Many expressed deep gratitude for the daily posts. Some said it got them through intense aspects of lockdown and the pandemic. Others commented how they were going to miss the series. It’s difficult for me to know when to end a project, but this seemed like a natural conclusion. I ended the series to work on other projects and with the caveat that the pandemic was not over, just this “phase” of it.
The daily practice aspect was indeed a practice. I honed and learned new digital skills. It was also relaxing and allowed me to process the day, the news, and to re-center. On some days the mandala flowed and came together in under 10 minutes. On others, I could spend up to a few hours, creating multiple versions sometimes up to 15-20 variations. There are approximately 4,000 mandalas in this series.
I print “Pandemania Days” images at Kala Art Institute in limited editions in four sizes: 11 x 11 ($150 unframed / $250 framed), 16 x 16($300 unframed / $500 framed), 24 x 24 ($600 unframed / $900 framed), 36 x 36 ($1,200 unframed / framed pricing available upon request). All are printed on museum quality 100% cotton rag paper which gives them a velvety, lush surface.
Contact Info: elizabethaddison.com | @eaddison329 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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