Artists in the time of Coronavirus, an ongoing virtual exhibition, Part 2

In the face of COVID-19, Artblog is hosting an open call, non-juried, first come first-served online exhibition entitled "Artists in the time of Coronavirus." If you want to participate, send your statement (250 words max) and 2 photos to

Our second post of the series, Artists in the Time of Coronavirus includes Mirra Goldfrad, Syd Carpenter, Matthew Rose, Louise Millmann, and Linda Dubin Garfield! Thank you for all who submitted! And if you want to participate, send your statement (250 words max) and 2 photos to More details here. Stay safe and stay positive, and come back in the days to come for more “Artists in the Time of Coronavirus.” We have a wonderful community and are so proud of being able to share everyone’s art.

Mirra Goldfrad

Mirror with ratchet straps on them. In the reflection is a wooden ladder and a wooden bench.
Mirra Goldfrad, Documentation of “Accidental Voyeur,” Solo show, Kutztown University’s Eckhaus Gallery, April, 2019. Courtesy Mirra Goldfrad.
Worn down garage with graffiti on it. Writing superimposed on top includes "A Reliance on Pattern recognition as being significant," "Stay Curious" "In one's capacity to derive meaning from mental gymnastics," "Soak it up philly!" and in graffiti, "No Parking," and "FAMOUS * LOSERS"
Mirra Goldfrad, Digital compilation, zine, Vol. 1 “matter, mattering, and material experience.” Courtesy Mirra Goldfrad.

I earn my living as a barista, so as of now I don’t actually have any income until shops are safe to open back up. In spite of this being an unnerving time financially, I am thankful to have the time to do some reading, writing, and work on ideas. I would like for this to function as a springboard for sharing ideas. If anyone is interested in these images please check out my website: and/ or my instagram @mirra_goldfrad . I look forward to comments and/or inquiries

Syd Carpenter

Wooden sculpture resembling a shape similar to a clothes pin with wooden sculpted flames licking off.
Syd Carpenter, “Mother Pin Afire.” Courtesy Syd Carpenter.
Wooden carved sculpture of a metal chain around a wooden platform with a clothes pin-like shape sticking out of the right hand side.
Syd Carpenter, “Mother Pin Awash.” Courtesy Syd Carpenter.

Mother Pin Afire and Mother Pin Awash. I’m continuing to work on the Mother Pins, a series of mixed media sculptures about my mother, Ernestine, as a ritualized clothes pin. Covid19 has accelerated making more mother pins or at least moving towards finishing up some new ones. I am supposed to open a solo show at the Michener Museum in July. But that may or may not happen with Covid19 lurking about. But still, I spend a lot of time staring at the unfinished ones. They are for me, even more so now.


Matthew Rose

Artist's studio with supplies on the table and artwork hanging on the walls.
Matthew Rose’s studio in Paris, taken in 2020. Courtesy Matthew Rose.
Painted cardboard with the shape of a home filled with colors. Text says "LUXURIES BECOME NECESSITIES"
Matthew Rose, Luxuries Become Necessities, cardboard collage and text. Courtesy Matthew Rose.

As Paris continues its lockdown and the few people in the streets and grocery stores forage for food and pharmaceutical supplies, I work away here on the fourth floor of my apartment. I am often cutting and pasting, painting and looking, but sometimes just staring out the window at my neighbors wandering terribly quiet streets wearing masks to protect from the virus and chasing their joyfully unaware children as they skate up empty roads on their scooters.

Here is a studio shot taken 20 March 2020 here in Paris. On the right is the first piece I made after my exhibition at the Karuizawa New Art Museum in Japan – Weekend Plans. “Hiroshima, 2020”hangs next to “Birds and Brides” from 2018. I can’t say my days are vastly different from other days inside my studio. It’s the outside world that is completely changed.

The smaller cardboard collage and text work Luxuries Become Necessities was produced for Yvon Lambert’s AIDES exhibition in September. It is a benefit to support those with AIDES. The post-card sized works are hung anonymously (no one will remember this image, I’m sure!) and sold to benefit those suffering from AIDS and support the collective’s actions to help all aspects of fighting AIDS.


It seems as if my work, though perhaps not apparent on the surface, has soaked up the culture of death and in so doing reflects my desire to reflect that and its complicated imact on our lives on the planet.

If you can, support living artists in these difficult times…

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[ED Note: Matthew Rose is an Artblog contributor! Read more here.]

Louise Millmann

Black & white close-up portrait of Louise Millman with harsh lighting.
Louise Millman, Viral Self Portrait March 2020. Photo courtesy Louise Millman.
Black & white photo of a garage with harsh shadows from the tree nearby.
Louise Millman, Self Quarantine. March 2020. Photo courtesy Louise Millman.

My work is at a standstill. My thoughts remain very close to me. I am frightened of this silent virus.

[ED Note: Check out this Artblog interview– Louise Millmann’s Working Women & Other Useful Tales by none other than Matthew Rose!]

Linda Dubin Garfield

Encaustic painting of the coronavirus.
Linda Dubin Garfield, encaustic painting of Coronavirus. Courtesy Linda Dubin Garfield.
Encaustic painting of the coronavirus.
Linda Dubin Garfield, encaustic painting of Coronavirus. Courtesy Linda Dubin Garfield.

Linda Dubin Garfield, an award-winning printmaker, went out of her comfort zone to learn a new technique- painting with encaustic wax and pigments. During the critical early stages of the Coronavirus epidemic, she started a series of encaustic paintings of the Coronavirus itself. Finding beauty in the destructive virus, making it into art, helped her cope with the fear and anxiety of dealing with the overwhelming situation. See more of her artwork on her website: