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:

Rebecca McGuire Jacob
My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique usually reserved for rendering form and depth I have created an abstract flat image more akin to topography verging on minimalism. The linear hatch marks are made on a matte gradiated background which focuses the viewer on the duality of surface and color. These works are a meditation on labor and time: of coming together and the borders that separate us. The marks are not only creating an aesthetic pattern they are literally the marking of art, and the work that has gone into the piece.
Brian Palmieri

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching,…

My recent works are a break from the painterly images I have made in the past few years. In a search for something more deliberate I changed my painting method and style. It is an abstraction using crosshatching, a technique…

“Having found her voice as a sculptor, Michelle Marcuse builds on a modernist paradigm of the found object. While hedging on global issues of repurposing and recycling materials she makes use of discards. With the inclusion of formal elements of composition; she seems to invite close scrutiny of the rough-hewn quality of the construction, even emphasizing that aspect.” 

"As a mature artist, Marcuse plays with formal elements of composition; however, she seems to invite close scrutiny of the rough-hewn quality of the construction, even emphasizing that aspect.”

“She has found a material that transcends its humble origin in an attempt to create works that are substantial and nuanced and that move toward the monumental. Marcuse is definitely onto something that greatly expands her visual vocabulary!"
Michelle Marcuse

“Having found her voice as a sculptor, Michelle Marcuse builds on a modernist paradigm of the found object. While hedging…

“Having found her voice as a sculptor, Michelle Marcuse builds on a modernist paradigm of the found object. While hedging on global issues of repurposing and recycling materials she makes use of discards.…

“Having found her voice as a sculptor, Michelle Marcuse builds on a modernist paradigm of the found object. While hedging on global issues of repurposing and recycling materials she makes use of discards. With the inclusion…

Nancy Neill is a contemporary abstract painter who was born in Akron, Ohio. She has traveled extensively in the US and internationally and currently lives in the Philadelphia area.  Her work attempts to capture the feeling of places in an abstract way.
Nancy Neill

Nancy Neill is a contemporary abstract painter who was born in Akron, Ohio. She has traveled extensively in the US and internationally…

Nancy Neill is a contemporary abstract painter who was born in Akron, Ohio. She has traveled extensively in the US and internationally and currently lives in the Philadelphia area. Her work attempts to…

Nancy Neill is a contemporary abstract painter who was born in Akron, Ohio. She has traveled extensively in the US and internationally and currently lives in the Philadelphia area. Her work attempts to capture the feeling…

Rebecca Kelly
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