The Everyday, Every Day: Fountain House Gallery Artists Contemplate Lockdown’s Still Life

“It’s like visiting a bygone life and wondering if it will ever come back,” said a viewer of Raymond Lopez’s “The Wardrobe.” | Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Most of us have logged more time sheltering in place during the past year than all the rain and snow days we’ll have if we live to be 100. Sure, you can get a new shower curtain or rearrange the shelves—but it’s just a matter of time before the same old same old gets… old. Familiarity doesn’t have to breed contempt. Make a minor pivot, and everything that’s familiar is up for contemplation.

Hey, why not? It’s not like you have a choice.

“The lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to see our surroundings in a different light, offering time for sustained focus and compelling us to make the familiar fresh,” said Sophia Cosmadopoulos and Anna Schechter, in a joint statement. As founders of the Williamsburg nonprofit Summertime, which exhibits the work of artists with and without disabilities alongside one another they were asked to curate Come on Home, the current online offering from Fountain House Gallery, which provides an environment where artists living with mental illness can express their creative visions and exhibit work.

Having premiered on Jan. 15 as a free, online-only exhibition, Come on Home features 17 works from eight artists: Donna Faiella, Sally Fisher, Guiomar Giraldo-Baron, Maybellene Gonzalez, Roger Jones, Raymond Lopez, Reyna Vera Prieto, and Barry Senft.

Reyna Vera Prieto: “Trapped Inside.” | Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery

“We were excited to discover the elements that the artists of Fountain House Gallery paid particular attention to in their homes during this extraordinary time, and how they chose to render the objects and moods of their surroundings,” recalled the curators. “What emerged were intimate portraits of our inner worlds, the worlds we longingly look out on and those we can only imagine.”

Roger Jones: “Love 62.”| Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery

Come on Home can be seen online, for your ongoing viewing pleasure, by clicking here—and all works are available for purchase.

Donna Faiella: “Silhouette Sunrise.” | Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery
Barry Senft: “Dinner.” | Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery
Sally Fisher: “Monarch Watch.”| Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery
Guiomar Giraldo-Baron: “Making Room II.” | Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery
Maybellene Gonzalez: “Interconnected: A World Beyond COVID-19.”| Courtesy of Fountain House Gallery


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