The above is my drawing of a kind of wooden gargoyle in the Metropolitan Museum’s Oceanic collection and a sketch of a John Singer Sargeant portrait (also at the Met.)  It was made in a wonderful zoom drawing/art history class I am taking with Peter Hristoff of SVA, and Alice Schwartz  (a curator at the Met.)

I post it, because I like the drawing, but also because something about it—maybe the anxiety on the face of my version of the Sargeant and the uncertainty, and fumbling, of her hands (again, only in my version)—seems to go with present times.  I think, honestly, that the Oceanic figure may be as much a figure of protection as war—but in my version it doesn’t focus on protectiveness!

Stay well.

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