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Quarantine Diaries

Blue Star Contemporary’s MOSAIC Student Artists debut new exhibition online, Quarantine Diaries.

While BSC’s MOSAIC Studio has remained closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MOSAIC Student Artists have remained busy working on artworks inspired by their time in isolation. Sharing their work and getting feedback in daily facilitated Zoom sessions, the Student Artists developed an online exhibition inspired by this historic, challenging time.

Featuring new work by Piper Bangs, Aiden Hobbs, Savannah Plaza-Flores, Julian Moreno, Victoria Rodriguez, and Leonardo Arteaga Toledo.

Quarantine Diaries was featured in “Dear Quarantine” by Deborah Martin in the San Antonio Express-News on May 31, 2020.


Aiden Hobbs, Miner 49er’, 2020. Prismacolor on paper, 9″ x 7.5″

“I created Miner 49er out of a sense of boredom, during our work from home time. I created my own imaginary character, inspired by cool robot characters in movies, such as Star Wars.”

Piper Bangs, Making Masks, 2020. Oil on panel, 8″ x 12″

This painting is a portrait of my mother’s hands while making masks. She has been making them for family and friends for free during quarantine, and I wanted to capture this kind action that’s unique to our strange circumstances, in a work of art. –Piper Bangs

Savannah Plaza-Flores, Abstract, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″

When my Father bought our first home, we didn’t have any more than a couch, box of movies, a picture frame, a TV and a lava lamp. The nights I couldn’t sleep, I would stare at the lava lamp, watching all the different shapes floating around. These shapes had always calmed me down and fascinated me. –Savannah Plaza-Flores

Julian Moreno, The Spector, 2020. Acrylic on canvas, 11″ x 14″

This piece is a narrative on the current, social political activity. It reflects those who do not use their voice, who do not stand up for anything. They sit on the sidelines and watch, not caring about these issues because it does not directly affect them, when in reality it affects us all. –Julian Moreno

Victoria Rodriguez, Isolation, 2020. Prismacolor on paper, 11.5″ x 14″

While being in isolation for so long, I’ve begun to feel a little out of my mind mentally, and my dreams have become more vivid. It feels like my mind is stretched thin and exhausted. Contrasting those feelings with bright colors associated with more positive feelings, I feel will draw the viewer’s attention to my work. –Victoria Rodriguez

Leonardo Arteaga Toledo, Las Primas, 2020. Ink on paper, 9″ x 10.8″

I found a picture of my little cousins that took me back to past times, to my grandparents’ house, where we played together. I tried to capture that feeling with this drawing. –Leonardo Arteaga Toledo

Leonardo Arteaga Toledo, Repression, 2020. Ink on paper, 12″ x 9″

I participated in a community theater group in Mexico where we created a play about children’s rights. This is one of the main characters, an authority figure, that represses the children from expressing themselves. –Leonardo Arteaga Toledo