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2020 April Art Dare

“What is home?”

What does home mean to you during the coronavirus pandemic?
Create an artwork in any media about how you define “home.”

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PRIZE WINNER

Yukti Agarwal
“घर” (“ghar”- home)
fabrics
65″ x 22″

India
@yukti_scribbles

“This piece was made with 4 different fabrics from my family home: an आँगनी (aangni- like a blouse of sorts) from 200 years ago, that has traveled through many cities and villages around India; an ओढ़नी (odhani – a kind of shawl) which had belonged to my great grandmother and has shifted between many homes over a long period of time; a belt which belonged to my mother and has travelled from her maiden home of Delhi to her married home in Mumbai; and a लेहेंगा (lehenga – a skirt) which belongs to me.

‘घर’ is based on the concept of moving from one home to another, and the damage that can result of such sudden and unprecedented displacements (as was the case with me when I had to leave my home in providence to come to my home here in a day).

Yukti Agarwal

We are damaged and affected deeply by such drastic changes. I collected these different family heirlooms which are visual archives of the history experienced by not only the fabrics themselves, but also by my family. The damage they have incurred from being transported and displaced: the holes, rips, and tears, are similar to emotional damages we as humans face when moving from one home to another.

I wanted to mend these fissures in this cloth to spark a discussion about the healing we undergo after such displacements and have repaired all these old items using appliqué and रफ़्फ़ु (darning) techniques from India to repair these shards of my घर (home). This is based on the idea of healing despite irreparable damage that can be faced by all objects and organisms alike, and repair, which is not bashful but rather proud.”

Cate Christen Wuang

HONORABLE MENTION

Cate Christen Wuang
Panic Button
mixed media
11.5” x 20”

USA
@catejane3

“I was inspired by the theme ‘Home’ and also the challenge of using materials found around the house to create this piece. The up-cycled items I used included boxes, junk mail, security envelopes, magazines, old candles, jello, glue, spray paint and an old frozen yogurt container.

I wasn’t sure where I was going with this project until I noticed that the lid to the yogurt container made the perfect panic button. This became the focal point of my piece. The materials found at home vs the panicky stressful tone of the red developed into an interesting contrast that expressed my feelings perfectly.

For me home is generally a restful place. However, during the past few months, being at home has caused me to feel a much wider range of emotions. “Panic Button“ represents the comfort of home but also the panicky out of control feeling I’ve also experienced during quarantine.”

Lizette Dörr, April Art Dare Drawing

Lizette Dörr, Germany
Secrets
oil pastels, 23.2″ x 31.1″
@lizdoerr

Lizette Dörr, April Art Dare Drawing

Lizette Dörr, Germany
I’m Home
soft pastels, 8.3′ x 11.7″
@lizdoerr

“‘My Personal King’ is my dog Rex who sleeps on our couch and who is the most important ‘person’ at home. I just drew someone whom I love and who helps me through my hardships like no one else can.

‘Metamorphosin’g shows a cathartic process inspired by a song and my personal battle against the fear of getting sick with Covid-19, resulting in my own physical and psychological transformation.

‘Secrets’ is about my home being my refuge, a secret place to dream, to hope and to be nourished, physically, emotionally and even spiritually, surprisingly through a humble Pumpkin I grew and harvested in 2019.

‘I‘m Home’ is inspired on one of my hens, another artist‘s art work which was in turn inspired by the song ‘I wish you were here’ by Pink Floyd. My answer to that is I‘m happy home just as it is and just as I am, because I‘m home in many senses of the word. “

Lizette Dörr, April Art Dare Drawing

Lizette Dörr, Germany
My Personal King
colored pencil, 8.3″ x 11.7″
@lizdoerr

Lizette Dörr, April Art Dare Drawing

Lizette Dörr, Germany
Metamorphosing
markers, ink, homemade paint with egg yolk
19.6″ x 27.2″, @lizdoerr

Vicky Zhang
Home-Isolation
colored pencil
11″ x 14″

Canada

“I am an 8-year-old girl living in Canada. I love art and drawing. During COVID 2019, I had to stay at home, and I could not go to school to play with my friends. We used to live in Aisa, now we are Canadian. For me, home is where my family lives.

Now home is a place for isolation, and for us to be isolated from the virus. I hope everybody washes their hands carefully in the bathroom when they come home from outside, so nobody will be infected. I hope this pandemic will end soon and we can go to school again.”

Vicky Zhang
Carlotta

Carlotta, Germany
Home, Visualized
acrylic on canvas, 15.75″ x 11.81″
@art.i.schock.e

Carlotta

Carlotta, Germany
Memory, Fragmented
oil pastels on transparent paper, 11.02″ x 8.27″
@art.i.schock.e

“What is home? I am torn between my parents house, where I am stuck in lock-down, and my room at university. But ultimately, for me, home is a place of comfort and simplicity. This painting shows the kitchen at my parents house, with it’s clutter as traces of the lives lived in it. Its warm colours reminiscent of the summer evenings spend with friends. I call this house home, because of the memories I made in it.

For the second interpretation I chose to use sandwich wrapping paper, as it evokes strong childhood memories. I wrapped it around my canvas and drew over it with oil pastels, cut it in pieces, made a collage. The memory of home is not only a picture, it’s more like fragments of colour and smell and sound mixed together. So this collage, in a way, is also a depiction of my home.”

Adira Jenner
Adira Jenner

Adira Jenner, USA
In This Together
pen, paint, make-up, 11″ x 14″
@adirajennerart

Adira Jenner, USA
Love is Messy Sometimes

make-up, charcoal, Tabasco, pencil, toothpaste, sunscreen
11″x 14″  @adirajennerart

“I was in a creative rut when I started the art dare, so ‘Unpacking’ is really made out of a combination of frustration. I was inspired by growing up in a hoarding household, and my own tendency to gravitate to unwanted stuff. The image is based on photos I took of a house in the neighborhood just before the tenants moved out. There were so many piles of random stuff; there were even porcelain dolls still in the packaging. I wanted to take stuff so badly, but I resisted due to fear of Covid-19 infection.

The second and third are mostly about being at home with my husband for the duration of stay-at-home orders. I was feeling very lovey and happy about things when I made them (thus all the hearts), but a little later I was in a mood, so the titles reflect that. The final one is difficult to explain. I was inspired by the lyrics of Pink Floyd’s ‘Wish You Were Here.’ The particular line in the song that spoke to me was ‘Going over the same old ground, but have we found the same old fears (year after year)?'”

With all the fear and anxiety I feel due to this pandemic, I also feel kind of annoyed that certain folks in positions of power have NOT  ‘found the same old fear’ – they aren’t taking this seriously by learning from the past, or listening to historians and doctors, and that puts all of us and our loved ones at risk.

The expression on the fish is meant to show how helpless I feel stuck at home afraid to leave because of what could happen: getting sick and dying alone from lack of oxygen, like the fish that can’t breath outside of it’s tank. The bubble wrap is like the protection of isolation.”

Adira Jenner

Adira Jenner, USA
Unpacking
pen, 11″ x 14″ @adirajennerart

Adira Jenner

Adira Jenner, USA
Same Old Fear

CD cases, confetti, wire, tape, bubble wrap, tulle, colored pencil
6″ x 6″ x 13″  @adirajennerart

Hiba Belkadi

Hiba Belkadi
Bit lglas
pastel, acrylic
15.7″ x 9.4″

Morocco
@hiba.bkd

“This was made from imagination and some reference photos. I was born and raised in Morocco and I now live in Paris where I study. As a kid, I did very random and sometimes weird things like making thrones or forts out of pillows, creating stories, and enacting them.

So the topic of home reminds me of doing that while my parents were around me and let me do that. Morocco is not very rich. I feel like art representing it is usually only focused on the misery and hardship and not on the positive, the richness of the culture, and the regular people.

When I thought about the house where I grew up in Morocco for this art dare, I realized how much that culture was apparent in our daily lives: in the tools we used, the food on the table, the patterns and colors around us, etc.”

Jasmin Weigelt

Jasmin Weigelt, Germany
Home
gouache, tumeric
5.25″ x 5.25″, @weigeltjasmin

Jasmin Weigelt

Jasmin Weigelt, Germany
Home
gouache, tumeric
5.25″ x 5.25″, @weigeltjasmin

“With this series I explored the possibility to convey the emotions I feel being stuck at home during this pandemic by painting the same object in different compositions and color schemes. The subject of my paintings is my boyfriend’s decorative fake plant terrarium – an object that represents his place to me and thus the home I have with him. As part of the art dare leap I used fresh turmeric in one of the paintings, which contributed the nice warm yellow and was a pleasant surprise as an art supply.”

Jasmin Weigelt

Jasmin Weigelt, Germany
Home
gouache, tumeric
5.25″ x 5.25″, @weigeltjasmin

Jasmin Weigelt

Jasmin Weigelt, Germany
Home
gouache, tumeric
5.25″ x 5.25″, @weigeltjasmin

Grim Hunny

Grim Hunny, Nigeria
Self Celebration
Digital, @grimhunny_art

Grim Hunny

Grim Hunny, Nigeria
Selfies Galore
Digital, @grimhunny_art

“These pieces were made as part of an unintentional self-isolation series on my page; and as a way to explore more digital art and backgrounds. This the first time in a while that home feels somewhat relaxing for me because I can slow down, and I wanted this character to show that there are small freedoms even within the confinement and put a humorous spin on a situation that is definitely stressful for some.

Her hair is messy, she has unshaven arms and legs, and is literally lazing around on the floor like a queen. She’s truly living her best life despite all the external panic. I wanted to focus on that inner feeling the most.”

Logan Moris

Logan Moris, USA
Bright Colors of Spring
highlighters, 5.25″ x 8.25″
@lomo_scribbles

Logan Moris

Logan Moris, USA
My Confidence
digital, @lomo_scribbles

“My mom’s favorite flower is tulips and they’ve always been at our house since I was a little kid. So they’ve always been a part of home for me so I decided to draw some. I used highlighters to color the piece because they have such a vibrant color just like the tulips. I’ve worked with highlighters before and often layer the colors to make some new values in the piece.

I found a lot of pieces I really liked in this months submissions, so I took inspiration from multiple artists and did a “collage” of them to shed some light on pieces I really enjoyed that didn’t get enough attention. I did a sketch, then colored it, and finally inked it.

‘Safe’ is probably my favorite piece of my months submission hands down. I challenged myself by only using 7 colors for the entire piece. I wanted to shed some light on how home isn’t always a safe place for everyone and that we shouldn’t automatically think of it as one. The phrase ‘you’re safe here’ reflects that. I’m fortunate enough to say that my home is a safe place during these difficult time and couldn’t imagine what it would be like it it weren’t.

I’ve always felt more confident to be myself at home, whether I’m at my home, with my friends, or even by myself. When I’m confidant in being myself I put aside other people’s opinions of me and just do what I want to do. That’s why in the piece I’m wearing makeup and having confidence in it because I’m comfortable enough to feel that way. As far as the style I’ve never been a fan of blending or anything like that so I try and block out areas where the color would go.”

Logan Moris

Logan Moris, USA
Safe
posca pens, 9″ x 12″
@lomo_scribbles

Logan Moris

Logan Moris, USA
Us, Together
markers, pen, 5.25″ x 8.25″
@lomo_scribbles

Nikoletta T

Nikoletta T, Greece
Stay Home
pencil and digital, 6″ x 8″
@nikolettat_art

Nikoletta T

Nikoletta T, Greece
Home is Where the Books Are
paper and household materials, 14.2″ x 14.2″
@nikolettat_art

“This Artprofdare made me look at familiar things differently and explore things or ideas, that were, either taken for granted or underappreciated, while under full lock-down.

V#1. Intention: to visualize feeling comfortable and safe at home. V#2: A personal experience-driven piece: more than twenty house moves, and plenty of books to carry with. I see them as an essential part of a house to feel like home.

The first time using household materials was particularly challenging. I started preparing collage papers. I aimed for tonal range, as well as warm-cool variety. I sketched the space from life and created cutouts. The ‘flying’ books idea was an interesting twist, and not originally planned in my composition. I think that the process is not over; I will monitor the decay and/or light-fastness of the unusual materials. Nevertheless, the idea of creating an artwork of low environmental impact, challenges us to explore new possibilities.”

Diana Parker

Diana Parker, USA
Home
linocut, 5″ x 7″
@dianaparkerart

Diana Parker

Diana Parker, USA
Cookies for Breakfast
linocut, 6″ x 8″
@dianaparkerart

“When I saw April’s Art Dare theme I started looking through my camera roll for ideas. I had a photo I’d taken of my breakfast one day (chocolate chip cookies and a cup of tea), and that image seemed to fit the theme–the notion that home should be a place where you don’t have to explain yourself, where you can have cookies for breakfast and don’t have to apologize for it!

I had been inspired by something I saw on Instagram to try collage, and this image seemed like a good prospect for that. I used some scrap-booking paper I’d bought a while back at a thrift store. Working with the cut paper was fun but surprisingly time consuming. However, as I was stuck at home due to the pandemic, the project kept me happily occupied.

While I was working on the collage, I started thinking about doing this same image as a linoleum cut print because it had clear shapes and would work well with stark contrasts. And printmaking is something I really enjoy. I was also thinking about another image for the Art Dare theme–actually the first image that had come to my mind: a cat sleeping on the front porch of a house. I felt this image would work well in a lino-cut because it could be accomplished with just light and dark values.

I drew the cat image from imagination. After I finished carving it, I went ahead and carved the cookies image on a linoleum block. I pulled prints using several different combinations of ink and paper colors. I had envisioned the cat image being in blue ink and the cookies in brown, and those were the colors I settled on for the versions I submitted.”

Diana Parker

Diana Parker, USA
Cookies for Breakfast
collage, 9″ x 12″
@dianaparkerart

Millie Santos

Millie Santos, Puerto Rico
What is Home
photo, pencil, marker, watercolor
9″ x 12″, @montesantos4

Millie Santos

Millie Santos, Puerto Rico
What is Home
photo, pencil, marker, watercolor
9″ x 12″, @montesantos4

“Returning to the intention of drawing was extremely pleasant. The key was the guide and challenge of artprof.org. Being able to develop a concept of what is considered home under the current circumstances is shockingly therapeutic. Much more than thinking about me during the process I was able to look for a census in the words of the people in the networks, their ventures.

The work done started with me as an individual to present myself and project myself as a human, any human during this pandemic times. There’s so much more that can be presented. It was an amazing theme to come back to the arts.”

Millie Santos

Millie Santos, Puerto Rico
What is Home
photo, pencil, marker, watercolor
9″ x 12″, @montesantos4

Millie Santos

Millie Santos, Puerto Rico
What is Home
photo, pencil, marker, watercolor
9″ x 12″, @montesantos4

Millie Santos

Millie Santos, Puerto Rico
What is Home
photo, pencil, marker, watercolor
9″ x 12″, @montesantos4

Ross Hines

Ross Hines
Art Teacher
Hebron 9th Grade Campus
Carrollton, TX

“One of the biggest challenges of the COVID Pandemic from a teaching perspective is acknowledging that not every student has all of the supplies that they need.  This shapes the types of projects you can do (and your expectations to a point) which can feel very limited after leaving a fully functioning studio art room.

Oddly enough my first project back was for students to describe their pandemic experience.  Then the April Art Dare was announced and a lot of my students said their piece didn’t ‘fit’ with the ‘at home’ focus.  So I made it another assignment to address the pandemic with the “at home” slant.

My Advanced Drawing 2 class answered the call and did an excellent job!  I wish we’d been in class so I could give continuous feedback and suggestions, but again the nature of remote learning isn’t something that allowed that to happen!”

Aileen H

Aileen H
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Ann J

Ann J
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Karis B

Karis B
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Grace A

Grace A
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Anna N

Anna N
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Emiy L

Emiy L
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Jordan R

Jordan R
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Kayla W

Kayla W
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Ura K

Ura K
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Luz A

Luz A
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Sangeeth G

Sangeeth G
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Ashley C

Ashley C
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Cydnee C

Cydnee C
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Reyah S

Reyah S
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Naomi N

Naomi N
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Dong K

Dong K
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Esha G

Esha G
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Hannah P

Hannah P
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Jiwon L

Jiwon L
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

Sarah C

Sarah C
Hebron 9th Grade Campus

PRIZES

Art Dare winner
Artists in the US will receive a giant box of art supplies. International artists will get to choose from a portfolio critique, an artist website critique, or an artist Instagram critique!

Honorable Mention
Artists in the US will receive art supplies, international artists will receive 3 months free in our Facebook Critique Group.

Art Supplies

Sample of art supplies for the Art Dare winner
(US residents only)
We do not specify exactly what art supplies you will receive, however, you can see a list of the art companies who provide supplies for us here.

Caran d'Ache Crayons, General Charcoal Pack

Sample of art supplies for the Honorable Mention winner
(US residents only)
We do not specify exactly what art supplies you will receive, however, you can see a list of the art companies who provide supplies for us here.

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