Artist: Alison Schwabe
Title: Pandemic Patterns
Attribution: Pandemic Patterns, 2020, Alison Schwabe
Materials: Cottons, polyester threads, wool blend batting.
Dimensions: 72cmw x 94cmh
Image Statement: "People of every skin colour, all ages, different cultures and many faiths, vast numbers of struggling bodies finally surrender their souls, and are carefully laid side by side in hastily dug graves in hastily cleared fields. Others are stacked in cool storage awaiting cremation. There's little opportunity to comfort the dying or farewell the dead, and countless burials take place with only the grave diggers in attendance. Ghastly new patterns spread out on the Earth's surface, reflecting pain and grief that will last long after the graves are overgrown ... ashes to ashes, dust to dust."