March 2020. The Covid-19 epidemic reaches the US and life as we knew it came to a jarring halt. Shelter in place is the master word, and there is no escape from the economic, social, and psychological toll it’s taking. Even though my life has not been that much affected by the pandemic, I won’t pretend I’m immune to all the stress and distress all over the word and I regularly experience the anxiety of being helpless and trapped by this tiny but powerful enemy. The pieces I have been creating since March carry more or less openly this idea of being trapped, such as the bold, distressed fence-like pattern and “grippy” stone settings in this series.