Coronavirus Chronicles: Art in Isolation

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Catch up with 10 Arizona-based artists as they share their workspaces, creations and experiences during their coronavirus quarantines.

Eric Cox

How long have you been a professional artist?
20+ years

What medium are you best known for?
My works range from small graphite sketches and mixed media paintings, all the way to large scale aerosol murals.

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?
I am heartbroken. I am overwhelmed. There are so many tragedies, it’s tough to place the words to describe how this pandemic has impacted my work. I have spent a great deal of time in my studio creating and there’s been a couple of questions looming in my mind: “What is the point of this? Why am I doing this?” Allow me to ask, who is collecting art during this epically unusual time?

What is your Instagram handle?
@artsycoxy

How may potential collectors contact you?
artsycoxy.com or artsycoxy@me.com

Editor’s note: Cox is a frequent contributor to PHOENIX

Bill Dambrova

How long have you been a professional artist?
I decided to consider it a career when I moved back to Arizona in 2013. So, I’m going to say seven years even though I’ve been making art a lot longer.

What medium are you best known for?
Large scale mixed media paintings on canvas.

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?
These are difficult times, but difficult and uncertain times inspire creativity. I feel like a lot of artists (myself included) are conditioned to think that they need to use this time to try and paint the next “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” before the world reopens. I hope to be able to retrain myself during this extra time to pay attention to my personal feelings about all of this global craziness while making art and let what needs to come out, come out naturally. This shutdown has inspired me to maintain a slower healthier pace even after this is over.

What is your Instagram handle?
@the_gila_woodpecker

How may potential collectors contact you?
billdambrova.com or bill.dambrova@gmail.com

Fausto Fernandez

How long have you been a professional artist?
I’ve been working on my art for at least 20 years. For 10 years, I was employed at museums while I was making art. The last 10 years have been focused on my art full-time making paintings and public art.

What medium are you best known for?
I’m mostly known for my large scale, multi-media paintings, collages and site-specific public art installations.

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?
The creative process has been less structured, many events got cancelled and I have more time to focus on the work itself as opposed to deadlines. This has been a good time to focus my thoughts and ideas in life in general. I think it helps us to be clear on our intentions so that we can create new work.

What is your Instagram handle?
@faustofdezart

How may potential collectors contact you?
faustofernandez.com or  info@faustofernandez.com

Jason Hugger Art

How long have you been a professional artist?
Since 1995

What medium are you best known for?
My paintings are primarily oil on canvas. I enjoy the buttery consistency of oil for layering, blending and the ability to create texture.

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?
I’m showing at Iron Key Studio in Peoria which has been suspended and extended. The pandemic has changed everything in my business, so I am focusing my energy into creating new works.

What is your Instagram handle?
@jasonhuggerart

How may potential collectors contact you?
jasonhuggerart.com or jasonhuggerart@gmail.com

Kyllan Maney

How long have you been a professional artist?
20 years

What medium are you best known for?
Murals and interactive art

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood? There were a few projects for April, which have been postponed until fall: a large scale mural in Downtown Phoenix and an installation piece in the Color exhibit at Tempe Center for the Arts. I definitely have been creating more for sanity’s sake. Inspired by artist Melissa Waddell, I created a pop art gallery in my front yard, where I change the art every couple of days. I started to paint a mural on the front of my house. I have been working in sections. The first part is almost finished. I have also been making masks to donate out of fabric from a previous installation of mine. As for painting, I recently finished a commissioned work of an Unalome for a client among other new radial pattern experiments. I thought this time would be good to create a visual diary during this craziness. In the midst of all this, I have been teaching my high school painting and mixed media classes online, which is definitely a different experience than teaching in person. I am grateful for this time to create, but I am very much looking forward to reconnecting with my creative community and seeing my students in person again.

What is your Instagram handle?
@kyllanmaney

How may potential collectors contact you?
kyllanmaney.com or kyllanmaria777@gmail.com

Rafael Navarro

How long have you been a professional artist?
I’ve been working as an artist for about 20 years.

What medium are you best known for?
I work on mixed media painting and sculpture.

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?
I share a studio gallery in the Grand Avenue arts district in Downtown Phoenix with three other artists. All art shows have been put on hold until we know it’s safe to open. Meanwhile, the quarantine has allowed me to slow down and focus more on my work with a lot less distractions, and prepare for the future, apply for shows and other opportunities.

What is your Instagram handle?
@Rafael_Navarro_Artes

How may potential collectors contact you?
info@practical-art.com or navarroartes@hotmail.com

Christy Puetz aka ”xty”

How long have you been a professional artist?
28 years

What medium are you best known for?
Fiber art/beads

How has the corona virus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?
As a teaching artist, all of my regular day work was put on hold until further notice. I look at this time as an unexpected residency. I have been using the time to try new materials and content directions in my art. In the past, I focused on sculptural work. Now, I am trying out more 2-D art.

What is your Instagram handle?
@girlxty

How may potential collectors contact you?
xtypuetzart.blogspot.com or girlxty@gmail.com

Tara Sharpe

How long have you been a professional artist?
I’ve been creating since childhood and selling since adolescence, been a professional artist off and on most of my life, full-time and currently self-represented again the last 5 years.

What medium are you best known for?
I’m predominantly a painter, also create murals, sculpture and love various printmaking techniques.

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood? Creating, inspiration and work ethic all intense as before. Based on emotions, what feelings are at the time is how paintings unfold. Just working alone in my home studio. As a self-represented artist, the selling of works has taken a major hit. Even small pieces that typically sell quickly are lingering in the studio. Paintings that would generally be in shows are also here. Truthfully, this grinds on my morale, but I continue and don’t plan to ever stop. Painting isn’t a choice, even though it’s how I make a living. I couldn’t live without making things, so I just keep working even as the paintings and bills stack up. What else is there to do? Everything shifts.

What is your Instagram handle?
@sharpevice

How may potential collectors contact you?
tarasharpe.com or tara@artelshow.com

Danielle Wood

How long have you been a professional artist?
14 years

What medium are you best known for?
Ceramics, sculpture, installation art

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?The quarantine has inspired my work in that I have more time to go for walks and observe nature blooming, which is creatively motivating for my artwork. The quarantine has impacted my livelihood because some classes that I teach will not be available for summer school online and museums have had to cancel workshops. I am grateful because I can teach ceramic classes online at Shemer Art Center this summer.

What is your Instagram handle?
@daniellewoodart

How may potential collectors contact you?
daniellewood.net

Yuko Yabuki

How long have you been a professional artist?
Art has been way of my life before profession, but if I have to say when I sold my first painting, it was 1996.

What medium are you best known for?
I am a painter. I use mostly acrylic, sometimes mixed media.

How has the coronavirus quarantine inspired or affected your work and/or livelihood?

It has definitely changed the way I communicate to my audience, now that everything must be done online. I was very disappointed that the show I was involved with was cancelled and also not being able to open my studio, especially during Art Detour, has hit me financially. But I have to say that I am loving this quiet lifestyle with many less distractions so I can focus more on my art.

I’ve been sketching ideas of new paintings at home since quarantine started. Moving back to studio this week, I am pairing up those ideas with frames to start painting process.

What is your Instagram handle?
@yukoyabuki666

How may potential collectors contact you?
yukoyabuki.com or facebook.com/yukoyabuki7

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