I created the "Crowned Corona Fine Art Gift Project" after recovering from Covid-19 in March of 2020. Although I did not require hospitalization, I was the sickest I had ever been in my entire life. Once I got back on my feet, I went straight to my art studio. Art has always been therapy for me, a healthy way of coping with the difficult emotions that come with being a healthcare worker. I had originally intended to created a self portrait to purge the pain, anguish, and exhaustion I experienced from Covid-19 but it turned into something much more. I couldn’t help but draw parallels to another time in my life that was filled with a similar darkness caused by a virus that was not yet understood. I was just a young hospital nurse when the AIDS epidemic broke out. As I started hearing the tragic and courageous stories of healthcare workers on the front lines of Covid19, I realized I needed to find a way to let them know that they are not alone and that they are appreciated. Feelings of burn out, fear, exhaustion and grief are a common thread amongst those who care for the sick and dying. I needed to make a connection, say thank you and give recognition those who were working so hard to fight this pandemic.
The portraits of healthcare workers were placed in a grid to show the invisible strength that binds us together. In unity we create a more powerful force. Each of these workers have been “coronated or crowned" with a crown modeled after old-style nursing caps worn by nurses 35 years ago, me being one of them. The crown symbolizes victory over the corona virus, a nod towards corona’s English translation and a form of well-deserved recognition for the courage and sacrifice it takes to be a healthcare worker on the front lines.
This fine art gift project was created to say thank you to the men and women that are fighting Covid 19 on the front lines of American hospitals. Each event brings a framed piece along with a thank you card for each person working in the unit that includes my artist's statement. You can donate this gift to your local ICU or hospital by contacting us. Please see the shop for more products and gifts available for your favorite doctor or nurse.
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