Art Together Now | Anna Von Mertens, Paying Attention: The Remix

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Art Together Now | Anna Von Mertens, Paying Attention: The Remix || Radcliffe Institute

As we weather the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all learning how to mitigate our isolation and collective uncertainty. In moments of crisis, we turn to art not only for distraction, but also for solace. Indeed, art seems like a crucial act of joy and affirmation in this time.

For our new series #ArtTogetherNow, we challenged members of our community to use their smartphones to create art-themed videos with the simple aim of uplifting, inspiring, or amusing our interdisciplinary audience through a brief encounter with the imagination.

Here, the artist Anna Von Mertens shows work that would have been on view currently, were it not for the global pandemic. The drawing Von Mertens discusses in this video has a small connection to Radcliffe: it is based on a text received by Meg Rotzel, Radcliffe's arts program manager, from her young daughter. This body of work, says Von Mertens, "feels particularly relevant to this current time, as it touches on our constant negotiation between the spaces of the virtual and the real."