Social Distancing

Image: “Red Flags” by Eliana Pérez

(Notes from my drawing book about this idea)
Alejandro García Lemos,

Social Distancing – Our Response

Columbia, SC

March 20, 2020

The outbreak of CoronaVirus and its resulting disease CoVID-19 has resulted in an unexpected chain of events around the world. The Pandemic that we all are facing today and in the coming weeks, if not months, is resulting in all kinds of feelings and memento mori, from isolation to boredom—and in the worst case scenarios even to death.

This change in pace and peace of mind has also resulted in an increased time on our hands, our minds and our bodies. The so-called “Social Distancing“, a concept that not long ago was alien to most of us, became our new reality. Not only that, social distancing is already the new standard that all of us are trying to understand, digest and practice with the aim to flatten the curve for the well being of all.

How do artists respond to Social Distancing? How does it affect our creative process? Can we use this moment of loneliness, pondering and tinkering to create and produce art?

Either painting, gardening, video, music or poetry, if you are interested in creating an artistic and all on-line response to Social Distancing, please let me know ( and we will all work together in putting together an artistic response, a fresh perspective into our new reality.

Please send me your image(s) or file(s) including the entire information: Name, title, media, year and place of creation (feel free to add an art statement). I will only post them in this page as they come to me. I will also link your name to your personal website.

For your information, I don’t use any social media, so no posts will go there, at least from me. Feel free to share the project.

Thanks and please stay safe!

Curated by Alejandro García Lemos

Participating Artists

In alphabetical order as of May 27, 2020)

(Over two months of isolation!)

  1. Mariangeles Borghini, Granada, Spain
  2. Edgar Cano López, Mexico, DC – Mexico
  3. Omar Castillo Torres, Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico
  4. Juan David Cruz, Bogotá, Colombia
  5. Heidi Darr-Hope, Columbia, SC – USA
  6. Heather Dearmon, Columbia, SC – USA
  7. Santiago Echeverry, Tampa, Florida – USA
  8. Diana Farfán, Greenville, SC – USA
  9. María Cecilia Galindo Oñate. Bogotá – Colombia
  10. Alejandro García Lemos, Columbia, SC – USA
  11. Bonnie Goldberg, Columbia, SC – USA
  12. Britt Hunt, Columbia, SC – USA
  13. Lee Ann Kornegay, Columbia, SC – USA
  14. Sammy López, Columbia, SC – USA
  15. Lee Malerich, Nesses, SC – USA
  16. Betsy Newman, Columbia, SC – USA
  17. Eliana Pérez, NYC
  18. Juan Guillermo Pérez, Rionegro, Antioquia – Colombia

10 thoughts on “Social Distancing

  1. Dear Diana,

    Thanks for your prompt response, I am responding in English so all of us can understand. Your two main questions are:
    1: What are the dates?
    Dates are from now until, I mean as soon as you have time to create something I will posting it on this website. So, no rush and at the same time it goes with the fluidity of our reality.
    2: When should the works be ready:
    Anytime as long as we are still practicing social distancing.

    Thanks again,


  2. Today is the first day that this proposal goes on-line and we already have more than twelve artists involved, (including me) they are:

    Santiago Echeverry, Tampa, Florida
    Eliana Pérez, NYC
    Betsy Newman, Columbia, SC
    Edgar Cano López, Mexico, DC
    Bonnie Goldberg, Columbia, SC
    Diana Farfán, Greenville, SC
    Mariangeles Borghini, Granada, Spain
    María Cecilia Galindo Oñate. Bogotá, Colombia
    Heidi Darr-Hope, Columbia, SC
    Juan Guillermo Pérez, Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia
    Sammy López, Columbia, SC
    Lee Malerich, Neeses, SC
    Alejandro García Lemos, Columbia, SC

    Please feel free to share this effort with any artist that you think could be interested.

    Thanks again to all of you and please stay safe!

  3. Thank you Alejandro for this space of expression and connection during these difficult times. Un abrazo.

  4. Juan Guillermo Pérez suggested to add a bio and profile picture; so, if that is something that somebody would like to include as part pf your page on Social Distancing – Our Response, please send me your pic and very short bio. 100 max, thanks.

    I hope everyone is stay home and healthy!

    Thanks y’all!


  5. Dear participanting artists,

    We have been in isolation for more than two months and most of you have now sent your artwork. I just wanted to hear your thoughts about an idea that I had. I was thinking about having a printed book, including all artists and their pieces, as well as all texts included on this page. For that I will need a brief bio, no longer than 100 words. Please let me know your thoughts about it and if you are interested please go ahead and send me your bio and if you wish send me your face pic to include. I am going to start working on this during the Memorial Day long weekend.

    If you have any ideas, please let me know.



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