Joeann Argue

Breathe: a mask for pandemic times

Joeann Argue Breathe: a mask for pandemic times

Artist Statement

Having survived, so far, the three Cs - cancer, cardiac, and now covid-19 - I have been thought a lot about breathing. I've been thinking about how often I have to tell myself to breathe through anxiety and how, in these pandemic days, we have to worry about doing just that. The green represents that good clean air we breathe in, but even that comes with tiny bits of danger - the pale green beads close to the mouth. Having had covid-19, I am aware of how much my own breath could be a danger to others - the red beads in the breath. Yet through it all, we still have to breathe.