Sirens of Corona Virus
Clay, Glaze and Wire
20" x 12.5" x 12.5"
Throughout the pandemic, we have worried, wondered, and adapted to our new reality. This work reflects the elements of that struggle. The Sirens of Corona Virus - beautiful, appealing and dangerous are similar to the Sirens of Greek legends.
A vessel form and female sirens point to the association with women as the container of life. The pastel women create a juxtaposition with the message of COVID-19. Masks are symbols of protection against the virus. The viewer is in a position to speculate on the sirens' actions with their masks - stoicism, willfulness, rebellion, uncertainty or lack of knowledge. Inspiration for this piece comes from the Japanese Shinto proverb of the Three Wise Monkeys (see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil). It raises the question of the responses of the individual to "turn a blind eye,” ignore health and science advice and spread false information about the virus. The differential placement of the masks on the three figures represents this question.
Brenda Nieves is driven to create artwork that explores myth, human nature, and the natural and spiritual worlds.
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