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Stephanie Block - "Human. An experience."

Mixed media. Acrylic paint. Henna paste.

My goal with this piece is for people to experience hope and joy amidst the chaos.

Coronavirus has forced everyone into a journey of processing, much like the entire Human Experience, which I feel can be encapsulated in Chaos, Deliberation, Redemption and Joy in cycles throughout our lives. That is what this painting is about.

I am fond of working on found surfaces and I relish the feel of different mediums. This piece is on a found surface and combines my two loves of acrylic paint and henna paste. Sometimes I like to grow my henna designs on canvas. Part of the art of Mehndi (henna) is growing your design out of one dot, a single seed. On this piece paisleys that represent the advent of summer grow out of bold flowers representing new beginnings and joy. Henna paste is very much like pen and ink; my favorite medium when I was in high school. There is something freeing about it because it cannot be erased. It cannot be controlled. One must accept it the way that it is. One must let the medium do what it wants! The more and more I worked with henna (by squeezing a thin line of paste from something like a miniature pastry cone) the more I learned to let it flow and not get hung up on the flaws and imperfections that only I saw but to enjoy the process of communicating through line and shape and pattern. When a "mistake" happens it must become something else, it is made into something better than it would have been before. Coronavirus seems to have the same effect on the population at large.

I am fascinated with different types of texture. I want my paintings to be a sensory overload. I love for people to touch them. When I put henna on a painting it's not only visually stimulating but fragrant and tactile as well! The window opens to reveal a white square. It is interactive.

I started painting this piece during my home isolation with only one focused idea in mind, but, as I painted, the single idea began to expand. Should the shutters to the window be open or closed? Are you on the inside or are you on the outside? Looking out the window or into it? What would happen if you made the window bigger? Could you see better the beauty on the outside...or the inside? Is the white square one of peace and rest or emptiness? Are the colors joy or chaos? Are you trapped or are you protected? What are you letting in? Or letting out? What is reality? All of these thoughts came to mind while I painted.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

My profession is as a henna body artist. Henna is an ephemeral folk art, traditionally drawn on hands and feet. The henna paste leaves behind a stain on the skin for about a week and sometimes longer but then the art fades away. When I draw on people I often draw what people want me to draw, not what I want to draw. In light of the fact that all of my gigs were suddenly canceled and people cannot plan events and book entertainment such as henna artists for them, I have been painting. Painting and drawing what I want and feel. I love painting but rarely have time to do it.

There is a silver lining to all of this. It has given me a chance to breathe, to create for the pure joy of creating and to create for the One who created us.

Viral Influence: Collective Conscious Salon Installation
  1. Patricia Aaron - "Solitude"
  2. Sylvie Abecassis - "Quarenteenietown"
  3. Zoa Ace - "Spellbound" and "Mystical Matinee"
  4. Josh Aiman - "Quarantine Companions "
  5. Roy Anneberg - "Pandemonic Rupture"
  6. Alicia Bailey - "Stray Birds Five"
  7. Tina Bailey - "Baglafecht Weaver, Tanzania"
  8. Jane Banzhaf - "The Mask Maker"
  9. Christi Beckmann - "Patchwork Quarantine"
  10. Kaylee Bender - "The Man and His Book"
  11. Clarice Benz - "Skin and Sensory 1"
  12. Brendt Berger - "Corona at Large, a series (1, 7, 9, 15, 18)
  13. PJ Bergin - ""Let Your Mind Wander No. 3," "Let Your Mind Dance No. 4," and "Let Your Mind Wander No. 2"
  14. Jessica Bernstein-Schiano - "Corona Cut No. 26: Are We Flattening the Curve?" "Corona Cut No. 2: Renew" and "Corona Cut No. 204: The ice is bluer on the other side"
  15. Penney Bidwell - "Looming," "Inception," and "Hero"
  16. Stephanie Block - "Human. An experience."
  17. Jennie Boucneau - "How Many Days Have I Been Inside?"
  18. Karen Breunig - "Viral Painting," "Pandemic Painting," "Orbiting," and "Girls at the Pool"
  19. Jovan Brock - "Untitled " and "Black Stamp"
  20. Teresa Brooks - "Tightly Wound" and "Upward"
  21. Richard Buchanan - "Gateway"
  22. Elizabeth Buhr - "Blue Lion" and "Handshake"
  23. Lisa Calzavara - "C19 5-24-2020" and "C19 10-30-2020 "
  24. Judy Campbell - "Lakewood"
  25. John Carlson - "Stay Home #1," "Wash 'em," and "World Tour 2020"
  26. Sandra Jean Ceas - "Shield of Faith"
  27. Taiko Chandler - "Untitled #1"
  28. Tif Choate - "JoJoe"
  29. Anne Clark - "Smoke Corona"
  30. Joyce Coco - "Stay at Home" and "Safer At Home"
  31. Susan Cooper - "Finding My Sea" and "Get out of NYC"
  32. Brian D'Agosta - "Plague 1"
  33. Sandra Dalton - "Everything Comes Back in Style"
  34. Adrienne DeLoe - "Pandemic Self Portraits: Adrienne, Adrienne 2, Ava Truckey, Caige Coulter, and Carole Goodwin"
  35. Adrienne DeLoe - "Pandemic Self Portraits: Caroline Chinakwe, Caroline Lacoma, Ceceli Vanzyl, Chelsea America, and Diana Ammann"
  36. Adrienne DeLoe - "Pandemic Self Portraits: Divine Jinn, Duane Paul, Fabrizio Bagnoli, Fenix Moon, and Jasmine"
  37. Adrienne DeLoe - "Pandemic Self Portraits: Joe Smith, Kasturi Balkrishna, Keirsten Read, Laura Greenway, Lindsay"
  38. Adrienne DeLoe - "Pandemic Self Portraits: Mike Jacobs, Naa Adjeley, Regina Schmidt, Samuel Dunson, and Siyanda"
  39. Adrienne DeLoe - "Pandemic Self Portraits: Tameca L Coleman, Tracey Anderson, Vanessa Fero, Yann Le Crouhennec, and Yeter BeriƟ"
  40. Leah Dennison - "The Everything"
  41. Elizabeth Earhart - "Isolation"
  42. Patricia J Finley - "Cri de Coeur"
  43. David Fodel - "Supply Chain: Vertical Integration"
  44. Jan Fordyce - "Quarantine Blues"
  45. Kay Galvan - "Gaining Familiarity"
  46. Judy Gardner - "Glory Days," "Pomegranates," and "Soleil"
  47. Andrea Gordon - "Doing Better 2"
  48. Linda Graham - "Arrange/Rearrange 2020"
  49. Linda Graham - "Sharp Angles"
  50. Grace Gutierrez - "Adam (2)" and "It's Just Us"
  51. Mandy Hansen - "Doodle Blot 1," "Doodle Blot 5," "Doodle Blot 6," "Doodle Blot 8," "Doodle Blot 9"
  52. Jodie Herrera - "Honor Those"
  53. Austin Howlett - "Missing Pieces"
  54. Sara Howsam - "Pandemic/ Covid Spring"
  55. Ryan Hughes - "Take it off the map "
  56. Julie Jablonski - "Holding On," "8 PM," and "The Little Prince"
  57. Nolan Johnson - "Mania"
  58. Emma Johnstone - "Current Mood"
  59. Ashton Lacy Jones - "Forsaken"
  60. Mike Keene - "Blue Birds of Bear Creek Valley"
  61. Anthony Knight - "Quarantine Trio-Jack & Coke and cable T.V."
  62. Mickey LaFave - "Covid-19"
  63. Leona Lazar - "6'"
  64. Julie Leidel - "See Me"
  65. Gayla Lemke - "Tired of Winning" and "Landscape in the Time of COVID-19: No. 7"
  66. Becky Lenhart - "Isolation"
  67. Daniel Levinson - "Tangled In Time"
  68. Patricia Barry Levy - "SeedSaver#3"
  69. Bonny Lhotka - "Looking OUT"
  70. Amy Lorenz - "Lunar Lilies "
  71. Greg Matheny - "Stage 5 Isolation"
  72. Chuck McCoy - "Catch"
  73. Molly McCrosson - "Vortex to Heaven"
  74. El Meek - "Alex (They/Them)"
  75. Tom Megalis - "Torn Apart" and "Distancing "
  76. Stan Meyer - "Clothes Line Art Show"
  77. Keri Mills - "Shattering Ceilings"
  78. Ellen Moershel - "Environment"
  79. Michael Morris - "The Maddening Cloud"
  80. Grace Morris - "Bernd and Hilla Becher" and "Drained"
  81. Pat Morrow - "Together"
  82. Pat Morrow - "Climate Change"
  83. Pat Morrow - "Same But Different"
  84. Isabel Munson - "Stay Home"
  85. Joe Murray - "Portrait of a Pandemic"
  86. Gregory Nelson - "Heart of the Nation"
  87. Christine Nguyen - "Stars and Constellations 4- 2020" and "Stars and Constellations 3- 2020"
  88. Jonathan Nicklow - "Ribbet" and "The Enchantment"
  89. Lynette O'Kane - "B R E A T H E "
  90. Marty Odermann - "Cacophony of Covid"
  91. Cipriano Ortega - "Jizz Jazz "
  92. Tony Ortega - "Social Distancing and Sheltering in Place"
  93. Tony Ortega - "I Can't Breathe"
  94. Tony Ortega - "Susto"
  95. Christine Parker - "Color Proof" and "Canyon of Heroes"
  96. Adam Peery - "Can we go outside yet?" "Quarantined," and "Baking with Grandma"
  97. Erik Pendergraft - "A Walk in the Park"
  98. Mariana Pereira Vieira - "Touching #1," "Touching #2," and "Touching #22"
  99. Karen Poulson - "Fragmentation" and "Opposing Forces"
  100. Benjamin Powell - "Crisis"
  101. Connie Quigg - "Social Distancing on the Davidson Mesa" and "First Face Mask Walk on the Mesa - Recovery Art 14"
  102. Helen Ragheb - "Bananas (Stacked series #5)" and "Untitled (Stacked series #6)"
  103. Roger Rapp - "Crown"
  104. Louis Recchia - "How Now?" and "Bystander"
  105. Gary Reed - "TBD #2" and "TBD #3"
  106. Lydia Riegle - "No Limits, No Boundaries II"
  107. Lydia Riegle - "Silver Linings"
  108. Stacey Roberts - "In These Uncertain Times"
  109. Kim Roberts - "Metamorphosis (adjustment?)"
  110. Sara Rockinger - "Covid in the Garden of Good and Evil"
  111. Mike Roderique - "COVID-19 Self-Portrait in Denver while Walking my Dog"
  112. Pam Rogers - "Lockdown," "Hiding Under Rocks," and "May 2020: Amidst the Storm"
  113. Deb Rosenbaum - "Better Days to Come!" "Strung Out" and "Social Distance: Dressing for Spring"
  114. Claudia Roulier - "The Watcher"
  115. Susan Samol - "Living In The Time of Corona Virus"
  116. Brian Sartor - "All of My Days"
  117. Justin Schaffer - "Six Feet"
  118. Becky Enabnit Silver - "Covid Monster" and "Emerging"
  119. Sue Simon - "Inside Out -Happiness Inside-Uncertainty Outside" and "Inside Out -Bright Inside-Ominous Outside"
  120. Paul Sisson - "Untitled (March 13, 2020)" and " Untitled 16 (March 13, 2020)"
  121. Kate Sladen - "Facepalm"
  122. Katharine Smith-Warren - "Mended Shirt"
  123. Maddie Sturm - "Father Daughter"
  124. Hannah Sutton Stoll - "Good Company"
  125. Hannah Sutton Stoll - "The Strongest Shape"
  126. Hannah Sutton Stoll - "West on Fire: I"
  127. Virginia Unseld - "Navigations"
  128. Virginia Unseld - "Celestial Navigation"
  129. Clark Valentine - "Untitled (Continuous Line Composition 3)"
  130. Cory Van Zytveld - "Wedding Dress"
  131. Travis Vermilye - "Coronavirus 002"
  132. Rob Watt - "Sad Spring"
  133. Anduriel Widmark - "Slow Spread Red"
  134. DL Winn - "Darkness Visible"
  135. Loretta Young-Gautier - "Sleepwalking," "Room with at View," and "Night Sweats"