A new dependence on remote experiences and screen-based connections prompted me to think about the nature of images. What is an image? What is an image when the world instantaneously becomes reliant on screens? In 2019-20, while on sabbatical in Australia, grand plans to complete a Fulbright Award changed overnight. Instead of researching global arts entrepreneurship, I looked at the basic drawing tools I carried with me and went to work on small drawings and watercolors. I made images of the world around me both before and after pandemic isolation began. The bodies of work included here are made with combinations of pencil, ink, water, and pixels. Some are of my family in our isolation. Some are from pre-COVID visits to locales around the world. All explore ways physical images can be made in a digital world during a period of distancing.
-Pablo Garcia, Associate Professor, Contemporary Practices