The Time Between exhibition features art created during the pandemic

As COVID-19 raged, artist Julia Hamilton devised a plan to honor the (at the time) approximately 400,000 victims of the pandemic.

She created a large abstract painting of three panels in shades of blue with 400,000 dot dots – “each representing a lost soul”. And yes, she came up with a brilliant plan, using a leaf and dried macaroni to keep track of the dots. More on that later.

Hamilton’s 400,000 Souls painting, along with about a dozen other works and installations, can be seen at Sean Christopher Gallery in the Short North. The exhibition, titled “The Time Between,” hints at the “time after” when the pandemic is over. All of the works in the exhibition were created during the pandemic and reflect the disease and its impact — or the tumultuous political issues of the time.

“I didn’t immediately start doing pandemic art when the pandemic started because I didn’t know how bad it was going to be,” Hamilton said. “But I kept hearing that they were predicting 400,000 deaths — (the death toll in the United States is now over 1 million) — and I needed to understand that number.”

She used alcohol ink and acrylic pen on a clay board to create her painting. She used the skills she uses in her day job as an information technology programmer to create an Excel sheet and map of squares, on each of which she would draw 400 points.

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