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The meaning of art in times of crisis and isolation

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Wow! We are living in crazy times. Coronavirus (aka Covid-19) has taken over, forcing us all to retreat and it’s got me thinking more and more about what matters.

I’m used to spending the majority of my time in my house and studio alone so it’s not too much of a change for me. But hearing stories from others who aren’t used to isolating, has me reflecting on the role of art in these uncertain times.

Steel and bronze bird music box that plays the song, What a Wonderful World.


A patron recently sent an image of this music box sculpture displayed on her mantel and shared the story of why it’s meaningful to her. Michele purchased this piece as a gift for herself for Valentine’s Day, in memory of her recently deceased husband.

Steel and bronze music box art on fireplace mantel.


She shared that she picked Witness because of the song it plays and how to her, the bird with a broken wing represents a life too short. Her husband Brent chose What a Wonderful World artwork that hangs in their bedroom so having a music box that plays this song shares a special memory.

Visual reminders of the people we hold most dear are a profound way to keep them in our hearts and forefront of our memories.

Open view of music steel and bronze music box with sterling silver flowers, lava, and pearl. Song plays What a Wonderful World when the box is open.


In a time when it feels like the whole world is falling apart and we’re all going into isolation, having meaningful art in our surroundings is more important than ever. I can’t imagine living without the pictures and paintings and sculptures and jewelry and trail/beach treasures that remind me of everyone I love and happy social times together.

I’m so grateful for everyone who’s bought my art over the years and how often my work holds a deeper meaning for the new owner. Knowing that Michele will enjoy memories of her late husband prompted by one of my pieces makes me realize how much art matters. As we’re stuck at home over the next few weeks, this is magnified even more.

Curious to see more of this music box and others in the series? Check them out here.

What art are you extra appreciating while stuck at home as we social distance?

I’d love to hear the story of your favorite in the comments below!

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1 Response

Michele Kelly

March 07, 2021

Thank you Catherine, the music box has brought me great joy and solace.
I feel blessed to have crossed paths with you during one of your classes.
You are a special soul.
Be well and be safe.
Michèle

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