Pandemic Abstracts and Social Context
A lot of art was created during the pandemic–music, photos, collages, poems, and more. For me at home, most photos I created were related to what was around me. One prevalent item was hand sanitizer. I wonder what people is the future will think when they look at the art created in 2020. This speaks to the importance of understanding the social and political contexts around any art.
When I visited the Tate Modern in London a few years ago, I gained a great appreciation for "Pop" art by taking a tour that explained its social and political context. That exhibit included pieces from all over the world. I left feeling that I understood better the meaning of the art and the reasons for the creator's choices, along with the state of the world at the time.