OASES is an online gallery showcasing art made during the 2019-2020 Corona Virus Epidemic. Artists, along with the rest of the world, are negatively impacted by quarantines, closures, and social distancing, especially those whose major source of income involves teaching classes or working secondary jobs. In the midst of these challenges, artists also suddenly have more time to work, but limited conditions and means with which to do it. OASES is a platform for artists to showcase their work and process as they respond to these unique circumstances, creating a virtual gallery that remains accessible to the public while they are stuck indoors.
I had the idea for OASES during the early days of the pandemic, and since I was suddenly unemployed I had all sorts of time on my hands to put it together. I built the website from the ground up and maintained an instagram page to advertise for our open call. I fielded, managed, and curated submissions from 19 artists around the world. This was an opportunity for me to not only act as a creative director and curator, but also to connect with a diverse group of artists during a time of isolation.