Viral over Virile presents myriad layers of patterns and fabric mutations that offer numerous interpretations as the viewer lingers. It suggests that COVID showed us how easily viral beats virile. COVID also redefined aggression from the brute force masculine approach into the mutable sophistication of viral variants. Initially, healthy individuals succumbed to the lethal strains as we tried to counteract its global spread. Primitive suggestions as well as proven practical solutions tried to mitigate particle spread and conquer it. But even after vaccines were created, the virus continues to mutate to survive. It proves that while our aggressive countermeasures reduced the impact, they could not eradicate it.
In 2020, the fabric of our lives was torn apart and replaced with uncertainty, doubt, confusion and danger. It forced an isolation which led to contemplation for many folks. One positive outcome was the chance to slow down and catch one’s breath (without a ventilator) for the first time in a long while. We realized that the hyper-fast pace of fashion/news/social media/ad nauseum wasn’t healthy. A new appreciation for a slower, deliberate lifestyle emerged– one that many artists and craftspeople, including me, already embraced.