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banksy-face-mask #2Banksy’s The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum in Bristol (@Anth0ny_Ward via Twitter) 

Like us, Banksy’s world-famous ‘The Girl with a Pierced Eardrum’ now wears a face mask.

His 2014 mural is a take on Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting, The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Banksy ingeniously used the outdoor security alarm for her earring. 

Now she is wearing a blue surgical mask. Sometime in the last few days it appeared over her face.

It is unknown who put the face mask on the wall but it is thought to have been the elusive Banksy himself.

J.

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#public healthBlack-Shoe 2Image: independent.co.uk

2020 Apr 16 - Olivier Kervernphoto Olivier Kervern

THE DAILY ROUND

 

In the Time of Pandemic

And the people stayed home.

And they listened, and read books, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

— Kitty O’Meara

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Then, I was struck again by O’Meara’s words in an article that , a culture editor at OprahMag.Com wrote about her poem.

“We can wallow where we are or we can see the invitations. Anything that you can tap into that allows your feelings to be expressed creatively will do that for you. You will feel better on the other end of it. You will be changed.” — Kitty O’Meara

 went on to write, “O’Meara is not an expert on dealing with this global crisis, she says. She’s just another person, trying to find grace in the free-fall.”

And I say, “Amen. Me too.” Thank you so much for your deeply profound heartfelt words, and for sharing this beautiful piece of art with the world, Kitty O’Meara…thank you.”
—J.

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#changing
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sketch Ruth Manning

Before Spain went on lockdown, Ruth Manning sketched Miraflores de la Sierra, a town north of Madrid where her daughter has lived for the past 15 years.

Art speaks where words are unable to explain. — Mathiole

I came across a rather interesting article in The New York Times called The Quarantine Diaries.

Reporter Amelia Nierenberg writes, “Around the world, the history of our present moment is taking shape in journal entries and drawings…the pages tell the story of an anxious, claustrophobic world on pause.”

Ruth Manning is one of the few artists Nierenberg introduced me to.

I look forward to sharing the works of some of the other artists with you as I continue to write my story of life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Plus, I would love to hear about your stories, too.

J.

sketch Ruth Manning

After quarantine, she drew the sink.

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#art in isolation
Images: nytimes.com