I have been and continue to be in the Zoom Room in meetings with colleagues who are artists, educators, administrators and others relating to my work as Executive Director of Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE). While I much rather be having these interactions in person, I am fortunate to share a space with so many engaging, creative and passionate individuals.
The pandemic has thrown us into a uniquely surreal and voyeuristic world where “togetherness” facilitated by Zoom gave us a new perspective into how people really lived—the clothes they wore, the make-up or lack thereof, the spaces they chose to occupy, the artwork and images on the walls, and a host of “guests” who would make cameo appearances. It was an opportunity for everyone to be their “unmasked” selves – for better or for worse – serving as the great social equalizer for those of us in lock-down mode.
And through all of this, I couldn’t help to sit back and observe each individual and their curated space more closely, weirdly intimate yet with a certain natural beauty about it—both authentic and contrived at the same time. I knew that these images needed to be preserved by the lens through which I peered. And so I embarked on a journey to do just that.