Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz

Being a nomad on the move, I despised the demand to stay home. However, once I saw the American death toll kept increasing, I surrendered to the walls of our townhome. I created flat, lifeless art before I realized my dark and dreary artwork resulted from spending too much time on social media or in front of the television. One May afternoon, we went kayaking, and afterwards, I created lighter, prettier images. I am grateful to be drawing. For years, I ignored my creative self and did not produce art. Now, the images flow from my fingers onto the page. “Baffled” depicts how this artist feels after discovering the latest statistics of COVID-19 deaths in America. “Pulâvutik” (Poo-laa-vue-tick) is Inuttitut for “We two are visiting.” After ten weeks, my adult child and I visited. “Moose walk” is my vision of a moose walking on my maternal grandfather’s Inuit land called Hebron in Nunatsiavut, Labrador.
Ella Nathanael Alkiewicz is based in Northampton , MA

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