I worked as a nurse in the time of
SARS. My experience during SARS, led me to create a series of paintings
about the challenges nurses faced as frontline workers. Now, 17
years later, I feel the need as an artist to respond to Covid-19.
It is horrifying that health care professionals are risking their
lives to save ours. At one point, they were forced to reuse potentially
contaminated masks or patch together makeshift ones. The mask in
the painting, ‘Alone Together’ is made from a coffee
filter collaged with words from newspaper articles about COVID
19. I do not have a better medium than my art to express my profound
sadness for the situation the health care workers are experiencing
today as they battle against COVID-19.
~ Micheline Montgomery
April 4, 2020