This painting is part of my series on the pandemic. After 2 months of not touching anyone in quarantine, my cousin came to visit and went in for a hug. I still have my fists clenched because I was so paranoid about touching anything or anyone, but I ended up in tears. I had no idea how much I was missing human contact - Zoom meetings and FaceTime just aren’t the same. Puerto Rico has had the strictest quarantine laws in the US and I literally felt it. The series has elements from the island sprinkled in each piece, highlighting the desperation to be outside when it was illegal to do so. Painted by mixing oil paint with liquin and turpentine in many layers over the canvas.
29 x 22 inches Oil paint on canvas
The hug I will never forget
29 x 22 inches