These are the final days to check out Bastienne Schmidt’s work in the exhibition 2020 Vision at the Southampton Art Center. Curated by Stephanie Roach, director of the FLAG Art Foundation and David Kratz, president of the New York Academy of Art, the exhibition, which runs through December 27, takes into account the intersectionality of the pandemic and the social justice movement. Artists, writers and creative thinkers were asked to consider three questions of critical importance: Our lives will never be the same, but what will change look like? What do we want to keep as we rebuild? And what must we guard against?
In her installation, “Everyday Objects in the Time of a Pandemic,” Schmidt, who lives in Bridgehampton, explores the items and ideas that took on meaning in 2020 through a series of watercolor paintings of these objects.
“My series of watercolors ‘Everyday Objects in the Time of a Pandemic’ keeps growing in unexpected ways,” noted Schmidt. “I am marking political events, sociological observations, books we can learn from and of course guilty pandemic snacks. This daily ritual to mark our time has proven to be an invaluable tool equivalent to a zen like meditation. The series has grown to 400 pieces and it would be hard to stop now.
“I envision them one day in a book that will look back at our time and to try to decode the chain of events.”
Southampton Art Center is at 25 Jobs Lane in Southampton Village. For more information on the exhibition, visit southamptonartscenter.org.