Corona: love and loss in a time of pandemic

Submitted by OxonMuseum on July 8, 2021 - 09:59

Venue, Timing and Cost

The Oxfordshire Museum
Tuesday, 6 July 2021 to Sunday, 25 July 2021
Tue-Sat 10.30am-5pm, Sun 2pm-5pm

An exhibition of paintings by Oxfordshire artist, Jenifer Wates, in response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic.

‘In these paintings,’ writes Jenifer Wates, ‘I try to explore the profound and multi-dimensional impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, as it has affected human beings worldwide.

‘My understanding is that visual experience is capable of opening us to deeper meanings in ways that are beyond words. In particular, this meaningfulness is found in colour and the relationships between colours.

‘As an artist, I have been influenced by such artists as Kandinsky, Matisse, Rothko and Patrick Heron. Colour has been for me the vital expression of embodiment in the world, without the representation of forms. This use of colour allows my own intuition to
operate at a level below the rational, and to make a journey of my own in approaching each painting.

‘In these paintings on the theme of the Coronavirus, I have focused on my own emotional and spiritual response to the virus, and its impact on myself and others, and also on the deeper significance of the image of the ‘corona’, for instance in Jesus’ crown of thorns, emblem of human suffering.’

The paintings are available to purchase via Jenifer Wates.

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