Stories of Social Distancing 4: Mark Clintberg

During this temporary postponement of FIA residencies and programs, we have invited former artists-in-residence to submit texts, images, stories and thoughts exploring how they are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; how their daily life or community has been disrupted; how they are dealing with isolation and the concept of social distancing; as well as how they are looking ahead to healthier and undoubtably transformed times. Thanks to all who have contributed to this ongoing series and stay safe.

Mark Clintberg, May 15
FIA artist-in-residence, 2013, 2014 

Mark Clintberg, untitled quilt, 2020. Cotton, linen, thread.
I made this quilt based on a short text I wrote in the first weeks of quarantine. I wrote this text, and made this quilt, because I am troubled by expressions of desires for a return to “normal” and for “this to be over” in reference to the pandemic. Obviously, no one wants to be in lockdown. But I want to point out that notions of “normal” are very limiting, and that the injustices and tragedies associated with this pandemic are throwing into stark relief the unjust world we live in, and the many crises that predate this crisis.