Christina Ramos, The Skeptic, 2020

The artist explains best: “I painted it after so many people I knew, and so many people online were questioning the legitimacy of the pandemic, as well as the need to isolate themselves. I currently care for my 86 year old mother who has Alzheimer’s and also have a family member who had a bone marrow transplant due to a rare and deadly form of cancer. It gave me a clear sense of urgency and seriousness of what could happen to them if we were not cautious in keeping isolation orders. This was in the early stages of the outbreak, and I know it’s human nature to think that it won’t happen to me, and then it does. The girl in my painting is my daughter and I felt her expression reflected that skepticism that I was witnessing. The looming tornado, a picture of the virus, with her home in the background in its path. Ignorance is bliss as they say.”

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