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