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Utah artists 'capture' the pandemic

Posted at 12:13 PM, Dec 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-26 14:13:27-05

SALT LAKE CITY — For centuries, artists have been capturing, recording, and reflecting on the times and events surrounding them.

With the year 2020 coming to a close, we reached out to Utah artists to see and hear how the pandemic made its way into their work.

Seasoned professional Randall Lake created an image loaded with symbolism, blending modern elements and references to past master works.

Heather Olsen’s portraits of nurses were so well received that she landed a significant commission from a Utah hospital.

Nathan Florence’s work may appear more abstract at first, but his painting of electronic fixtures on the landscape pays tribute to how we obtained information in 2020, including the method by which this story is reaching you.

Desarae Lee has an incredible talent for balancing dark subjects with levity. Early on in the pandemic, a customer commissioned her to illustrate the Coronavirus itself. The result is stunning.

Michaela Crismon just became a full time artist this year, and the mood of 2020 is present in the colors she uses and in her unusual self-portrait.