I worked as a nurse in the time of SARS. My experience during SARS, led me to create a series of paintings about the challenges nurses faced as frontline workers. Now, 17 years later, I feel the need as an artist to respond to Covid-19. It is horrifying that health care professionals are risking their lives to save ours. At one point, they were forced to reuse potentially contaminated masks or patch together makeshift ones. The mask in the painting, ‘Alone Together’ is made from a coffee filter collaged with words from newspaper articles about COVID 19. I do not have a better medium than my art to express my profound sadness for the situation the health care workers are experiencing today as they battle against COVID-19.
~ Micheline Montgomery

April 4, 2020