Making art during a pandemic
This past Spring, when the first throes of the COVID-19 crisis were ravaging New York City, Catherine Howe retreated to her studio in the rural Hudson River Valley. Anchored there by the beauty of nature and the calm of her flower garden with it’s cycles of decay, renewal and growth, she has produced new paintings and monotypes. The garden is her muse, and Howe’s compositions are rendered in her characteristically deft, painterly marks. In this video the artist discusses her process, inspirations, and the ways in which the quarantine has affected her artistic output.
Necessity is the mother of invention
Working in her home studio without the aid of a press has required innovation: Howe has developed a technique of making monotypes using acrylic paints and soy-based inks and printing with a rolling pin.
Pictured above: “#8”, 2020. Monotype, 30 x 22 inches