Chicago Photographer Karen I. Hirsch Pivots During Covid-19 Crisis
From Documenting Real Life to Creating an "Image of the Day"
Hirsch began creating colorful graphic images to express her emotional state. These images, at first, combined photography and geometric shapes, illustrating anger and frustration. The images directly related to the Coronavirus and its effect on society. After the arrival of spring, the images became more hopeful, featuring abstract flowers and playful symmetrical forms.
Hirsch originally had expected to be posting her artwork each day for about two weeks. As of July 1st, the daily count is up to 100 images. Many social media viewers have commented on Hirsch's posts, saying that they uplift their spirit and that they look forward to seeing them. Cotton Stevenson, former creative director at FCB Advertising, commented, "I can't tell you enough how these images brighten up my days," Another advertising creative, John Toth, remarked, "Keep sharing your stuff. It inspires us all." Artist Patricia Stewart wrote, "Fabulous. I am having a great time looking at your new creations." People compared some of the images to works by Matisse, Peter Max and Roy Lichenstein. Viewers have expressed interest in seeing the pictures on a quilt or on a large canvas, or even in fashion attire.
Hirsch is happy that her art can bring a smile to people and distract them from the sad events broadcast constantly on the news, and what they are experiencing in their own lives. She looks forward to the time when her "Image of the Day" will no longer be needed as an escape from unhappy events like the Covid-19 pandemic and violence in our society.
About Karen I. Hirsch
Karen I. Hirsch is an international award-winning photographer/
Hirsch's prints have been showcased in Chicago art galleries as well as in art centers in Fort Collins, CO, Palm Beach, FL and Los Angeles, CA. Her photography was included in the 20th Century Fox film, "Widows."
Hirsch's prints are found in private and corporate art collections.
Karen I. Hirsch