In June, Jason “Swat” Talbot was invited to paint a mural on Posto, the pizza place outside Somerville’s Davis Square. Amidst the Black Lives Matter protests, someone had tagged “BLM” on the wall, Talbot says, “really sloppily.”
A New Column Asking "How Can We Make Our Arts Scene Better Than It Was Before the Pandemic?"
Graphic novelist Dave Ortega recounts his grandmother’s immigration story
“The role of art is to continue to show that out of pain comes beauty.”
Co-author says “the younger Chinese generation in America should be more political than their parents”
“In the midst of all this, people have been really interested in what I’m doing, eager to talk. It is different from putting art in galleries.”
These are the few human beings I had contact with during that time. As the state reopens, may these portraits represent a glimpse into what the past few months felt like for some young people in this city and others.
“Going to galleries and museums is going to be very different, because people are not going to be willing to stand in a room with one hundred other people.”
Artists are seeing their worlds close during the pandemic. The exhibits, displays, and sales that provide their income have come to a halt, and artists in and around Boston have found themselves alone and unsupported by the government while struggling to find their footing financially.