Fall 2020 was my first sabbatical, and was for one semester. Unfortunately the timing wasn’t great. This wasn’t just pandemic related, but also due to the social-political crises unfolding. I painted every day, but not in ten-hour binges, as I’d planned. Instead, I did more volunteering and marching than I’d ever imagined. I was afraid the world would fall off a cliff if I quit paying attention so…. I paid attention. Painting, for me, is introverted and contemplative. Sometimes life (the world) gets in the way.
That said, I worked on a group of paintings, including those you see here. I also worked on writing, cataloging and archiving for an ongoing drawing project I do with other artists called The Mind’s I. Scheduled Mind’s I events and exhibitions were postponed because of the pandemic, but have now resumed, most recently at the Herron School of Art this past April.
I desperately needed a break from teaching. I am incredibly grateful.
-Anne Harris, Associate Professor, Painting and Drawing