How Artists Stuart Lehrman and Michael Marks Remain Creative During Self-Quarantine

During this time it may be hard to keep yourself busy as a lot of us are at home. InLiquid members, Stuart Lerhman and Michael Marks share their experiences coping with self-quarantine.

When asked what they are doing to stay sane:

Lerhman: Making art, gardening, playing golf, cooking, cleaning the house.

Marks: I work from home. But I am also doing quite a bit of reading, writing blog entries, working in my darkroom and getting our new Monalog Collective moving forward. Two of my recent photographs (images shown below) were selected by Emmet Gowin to appear in the upcoming Annual Phillips Mill Photography Exhibit to be held in Bucks County. Unfortunately, the exhibit was canceled due to Covid-19 but will be shown online. I expect to get out and make more photographs!

It may seem like there is nothing to do at home during this time, but these artists show how keeping yourself busy and staying active can make the day go by a little quicker.

Marks suggests, “Try to maintain as much of a normal life as possible and do whatever is necessary to ‘keep your head in the game’ with respect to your art during this difficult time.”

Lerhman says, “Whiskey over ice,” when asked if he has any advice for others.

As you can see, the possibilities are endless right now and it’s important to stay active and wash your hands.

These artists have suggestions about how to make sure you are washing your hands for 20 seconds.

Marks: “Sing Happy Birthday while washing.”

Lerhman: “Sing Yesterday by The Beatles.”

Although washing your hands is very important right now; finding a good book or Netflix show is just as important. Here’s what Marks suggest to read:

Marks: “I’ve been reading the five Game of Thrones books. Almost done with the last one.”

During this time it is important as artists to focus on your craft. Marks likes to work in his darkroom alone, while Lerhman is working on his On Paper-Portal Series (image is shown below).

On Paper-Portal#18
Stuart Lehrman

You can learn more about these artists by visiting their artist page:

June Julian
June Julian
John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.
John Howell White
John Howell White

John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown,…

John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from The…

John Howell White is Professor of Art Education in the Department of Art Education and Crafts at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He has an M.F.A. from Pratt Institute and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State…

Charles Emlen
Charles Emlen
Demetra Tassiou's work is inspired by the Greek culture and Art history and minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese art. Her artwork are  imaginative reconnections with nature, sea, and the colorful environments that I have yearned for after moving to large urban American cities from the Mediterranean landscapes.
Demetra Tassiou
Demetra Tassiou

Demetra Tassiou's work is inspired by the Greek culture and Art history and minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese…

Demetra Tassiou's work is inspired by the Greek culture and Art history and minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese art. Her artwork are imaginative reconnections with nature, sea, and the…

Demetra Tassiou's work is inspired by the Greek culture and Art history and minimalistic and acute techniques used in Japanese art. Her artwork are imaginative reconnections with nature, sea, and the colorful environments…

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and sculpture. Her Jacquard tapestries focus on the convergence of visual and textual languages, making connections between text and textile. In dialogue with the material culture of weaving, she examines how weaving intersects and augments developments in writing, painting, and abstraction. Cords’ work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, and she has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies.
Annette Cords
Annette Cords

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and…

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and sculpture. Her Jacquard tapestries focus on the convergence of visual and textual…

Annette Cords is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans diverse media, from painting and weaving to installation and sculpture. Her Jacquard tapestries focus on the convergence of visual and textual languages, making…

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