I returned home to my parent’s house (and in-network healthcare) in early March. My driver’s license expired, and the DMV closed, so I essentially remained in the same 10-block radius for the next six weeks. Painting has often been a way to reach across space and time to explore places that exist only in memory, or are no longer accessible to me (my grandparent’s kitchen, the Lucky Penny diner on Masonic and Geary). That shifted in those early months. Through painting, I come to more intimately know the space I’m confined to and to think outside its perimeters, towards the future and the past. I paint to access places I once knew, am coming to know, and do not yet know.
Bix Archer is an artist and educator from San Francisco. You can see more of her work at www.bixarcher.com.