Artist Statements

Hashem Abdou '23: "I have always carried my camera around everywhere I go, and have recently gotten into aerial photography with a drone. Half and Half is a photo of a palm tree on a field in Cairo, Egypt that marks the split between the unplanted dry land and the fertile land being prepared for the spring season. The photo of the bedoiuns is from a series in which I captured their month-long journey through the desert. The photo of the beach is a pre-COVID shot of the Pacific Ocean during springtime, as beachgoers began to bring their families and enjoy the sun."

Marla Allisan, Harvard University Health Services staff: "Through art, I try to capture the feeling of being 'in the flow' that one might experience in a yoga pose, meditating, making music, singing, or dancing."

Mireya Arango '20: "In setting out to create this plein air painting, my main goal was to capture the atmosphere and quality of light in this natural scene that brings to mind memories of spring seasons from my childhood."

Ian Bankhead, Harvard Graduate School of Design '22: "This piece is a study of Paul Cezanne's Boy Resting, a painting I used to see often when I was living in Los Angeles."

Lindsay Blevins, Harvard Museum of Natural History staff: "My illustration work is greatly inspired by the natural world, with a focus in children's book illustration."

Alexis Boo '22: "This painting is based on a fond moment I shared with my friends, so it reminds me of the great memories I have with them, and my hope to make more in the future."

Eric Fell, SEAS graduate student: "This photo was taken in Cappadocia, Turkey."

Lily Gottlieb, Harvard Graduate School of Education Arts in Education Program '20: "This series documents both the damage sustained by the Tubbs Fire in October 2017, a few days after the fire, and the regrowth that had occurred months later. Now, as we work as a university and global peoplehood to grapple with the upheaval of our in=person communities, I hope that sharing the Porter Creek story of re-growth amidst biological devastation can be a window into the kind of healing and re-birth that is possible when a community is displaced from its physical home."

Rana Irmak Aksoy, Harvard Graduate School of Design '21: "In these days of confinement where our inner worlds have fused with our interiors, this illustration explores the idea of physical and non-physical company through the mirroring of two window sills."

Annie Harrigan '22: "I began traditional portrait drawing using graphite and pastels; now I have also developed a love of digital art and digital portraiture. These pieces are all digital portraits."

Jessica Huang, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health '20: "Spreading Hope is intended to show a transformation from spreading the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, to spreading dandelion wishes for health, equity, peace, understanding, and happiness."

Huanwen (Gavin) Jiao, Harvard Graduate School of Education '21: "This work reflects my mental state during self-isolation."

Roba Khorshid, Office of the President and Provost staff: "I'm a fashion and surface pattern designer. My designs are inspired by the Middle East and West Asia. I'm passionate about researching the fashion history and cultural heritage of those regions. This pattern collection is inspired by 16th century Iznik pottery and tiles."

Trina Langsenkamp, Harvard Graduate School of Education '17: "These paintings were created between 2017-2020, all centered around the theme of spring and rebirth.

Sarah Leon, American Repertory Theater staff: "I chose these paintings because they are funny or calming. I hope you enjoy them."

Tout Tun Lin '20: "Since I could not go home this spring, I have been taking photos of random things that I found beautiful around campus. These photos are part of a photo book that I am creating as a final project for a class."

Vincent Liu, Harvard Extension School student and Securitas staff: "I stumbled unexpectedly into the art world while living abroad in Sicily when I befriended a homeless Polish man fighting addiction. Previously an art prodigy and university professor, he shared his talents with me. All these pieces were created under his mentorship in the streets of Sicily during the winter."

Gerald Lovato, partner of a graduate student: "Through my short time in Cambridge, the Harvard Boxing Club has served as a support system for me. Throughout the semester, I have accomplished and witnessed many small triumphant victories in the boxing club. True triumph is done together."

Charles Luca, Harvard University IT staff: "I work near Dunster House and love to see the tower above the trees when I take walks along the Charles River. While I can't take these walks while we are social-distancing, just seeing the tower, even as a watercolor, gives me hope for when the time will come again for walks with friends by the river."

Maximilian Mueller, Harvard Graduate School of Design and SEAS '21: "I extract natural landscapes from the built environment, finding the outside inside. Each of these images is a very tiny portion of a regular photograph."

Justin Ng, Harvard Graduate School of Design '23: "Cooking has become an important and lighthearted way that people entertain themselves at home. These paintings romanticize and make baroque the process of making food."

De Nichols, Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow: "These works were created while social distancing. Hope Is All Many of Us Will Have Left is a digital drawing depicting the portrait of a loved one lost to coronavirus, and highlights upon his collar how "hope is all many of us will have left" as communities across the nation navigate the public health crisis. As the desire for intimacy and touch radiates in the current public crisis, Go the Social Distance depicts such longing through two hands grasping for each other behind the call-to-action to 'go the social distance.'Untitled Self-Portrait, March 17, 2020: Entering Quarantine with Hope was drawn throughout my flights on the day I traveled from Harvard to social distance with family in Memphis, TN."

Linda Pagani, Harvard Ceramics Program artist: "This is part of an ongoing collaboration with an Italian artist, Federica Pamio, focusing on the connection we are making through isolation."

Susan Richards-Hallstein, Harvard Ceramics Program artist: "These mineral paintings are based on specimens in the mineral collection at the Harvard Museum of Natural History."

Harris Rosenblum, Harvard Ceramics Program staff: "This is a series of digital paintings I have made during quarantine."

Chloe Saracco '21: "I painted these pieces hoping to depict the beauty of what nature gives us--something we can certainly appreciate, especially during these currently trying times."

Weilu Shen, SEAS graduate student & Adams House resident tutor: "I created Gardens Inspired by Klimt as a meditation, to channel any frustrations into something beautiful and growing, a wildflower garden inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt. Upside-Down Smiley Face is a chromatic exploration of how different colors can help others stand out to the eye, as our world is literally turned upside down, and how 'movement' doesn't have to be static as long as you keep looking. The twelve squares represent the twelve schools at Harvard University, and the movements of the top layer of lines and shapes show the ways we are interconnected, and how the interdisciplinary work and social environment we have on campus helps us to be connected virtually during this time."

Mike Shirek '20: "I am a self-taught oil painter originally from the small, rural town of Hettinger, North Dakota, currently finishing my senior year on campus."

Michael Van Devere, Harvard Box Office staff: "Representing spring, art and community, the photograph Harvard Holi Statue was captured in 2014 during the spring Hindu celebration, Holi, observed at Harvard. Holi is the annual festival celebrating the arrival of spring, to which even the John Harvard statue was not immune as he is covered in bright rainbow-hued powder."

Benjamin Villa, Harvard Graduate School of Design '21: "A mask, both for disguise as well as for protection. A symbol of collective concern, and an object of hope in an uncertain time."

Stephanie Vincent, SEAS staff: "This is part of a series of photos viewing Harvard's campus through puddles, plus a lucky sunset photo of Harvard taken from inside a moving car on Memorial Drive."

Carolyn Wang '23: "These oil paintings primarily express concepts of identity, through physical representations of the results of introspection, feelings of 'aliveness' in still objects, or abstract representations of sentiment."

Alex Washington '23: "I am a self taught artist, and I use chalky pastel on cardboard as my signature style."

Adrian Wong, Harvard Graduate School of Design '20: "These images are exploratory stills from my studio with Mack Scogin, Merrill Elam and Helen Han at the Graduate School of Design. They depict the journey 'through our collective faith in traversing resolutely across a path of uncertainty, following our instincts toward moments of transcendence.'"

Sabrina Wong '20: "Back Porch Daydreamer, an oil painting, highlights the elation of being fully present in one's space. The Leaves Grow Indoors Too, an oil painting, captures the energy and purity of new spring leaves."

Christopher Woodward, Harvard Medical School staff: "I've created these paintings while working remotely over the past month."

Wei Wu, Harvard Graduate School of Design '21: "Until Next Spring is a photo collage. With six human figures missing in the photo, I would like to describe the current situation under COVID-19: We should stay home even in the gorgeous springtime, until sometime later."

Delta Yu Yan, Harvard Graduate School of Design '21: "During the stay-at-home period, I designed a digital blob that moves around and changes its shape by detecting local temperature, wind speed, and precipitation. This image is a photo album of this blob's travels to 36 random spots on earth."

Xiaoji Zhou, Harvard Graduate School of Design '22: "When I was quarantined at home in Wuhan for 80 days, I did a lot of people-watching. The window framed me and kept me from the outside world, while it also framed everyday life as memorable art."

Justin Zhu '21: "Earth: Appreciating the soil and rocks that show us the path to becoming who we really are. Fire: Appreciating the light and warmth that gives rise to another day. Metal: Appreciating the abundant energy giving rise to new possibilities. Water: Appreciating the source of fertilization that is always beside us. Wood: Appreciating the forms of companionship that seeps through our lives."