Antibodies (The Arrival of Reinforcements)

Submitted by: Edward DeMarsh

Materials: Acrylics on canvas, bamboo skewers

I had returned from China late in 2019 with the intention of returning in early 2020. The arrival of covid dramatically changed both my career and personal plans. I painted this in March of 202o when the hope of vaccines was still a long way away, but the talk of antibodies as the means for defence was all the talk.
The work captures my ongoing hope that as went on we would discover a way to heal and strengthen. I have created a battle in the bloodstream between the virus and the antibodies that rally against them. The rigid yellow lines are bamboo skewers fixed to the canvas representing needles that were yet to come but needed. I look at it often and with the same hopes in mind.


Initiation Armor 2020

Submitted by: Heidi Kummli

Materials: Leather, fur, metal, beads, love.

My beadwork is usually inspired by an emotion, or a component of some sort. For this project the whole idea resonated with me. And then there was the silver dragonfly bracelet, that has been in my bathroom for 2 decades. I spotted it the other day while I was pondering my mask. It spoke to me about transformation, it was asking me to incorporate it in my piece.

The year of 2020, has been like an initiation for humankind. We are all really experiencing a shift in how we live and honor the Earth. If we follow our normal ways of life, not honoring the other beings we live with, polluting, in a rush for everything and everyone, greed and material things. One can go on and on, as to what the change we need to make is, and perhaps different for everyone. If we don’t meet the challenge or the initiation, then we didn’t learn or suffer enough.

I feel that these mask, all of them so beautiful and different, can remind humankind that there is still beauty in the world. Despite all that is happening, nature and art are still all around us. We can step back from the rush of life, and once again use our hands, smell the flowers, be thankful for what we have, appreciate all life on the planet, love, share, give. Let’s embrace this initiation, and make the changes we need individually to make the world a better place for all our descendants, and being upon her.

This mask was created for the Breathe community Facebook group – A collection of traditionally crafted masks demonstrating resiliency through 21st century pandemic.


Stocking Up

Submitted by: Kris Webster Smallest Halifax Art Gallery

Materials: Shopping cart, toilet paper

Shopping is stressful
TP essential
One jumbo roll
I’m good to go


Home Schooling

Submitted by: Ladan

Materials: Paper, markers

Home schooling my daughter in self isolation. Teaching her about the virus. She is drawing the virus.


Family Set of Masks

Submitted by: Michele

Materials: Cotton fabric, old pillow cases for the liners.

Our twenty-something kids have been wonderful company during our isolation. Feeling grateful to have a rural property during these hard times. I sewed these for everyone at home, and one to send to my mom. Everyone here got to pick their own fabric from my stash (except Mom’s was a surprise 🙂 ).