Climbing the Walls - Pages From Arc of the Viral Universe - Carla Rae Johnson

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Pages from “Arc of the Viral Universe: a Notebook Project”

Individual page titles:

"Page 50-51: Invisible Foe!"
"Page 54-55: Covidiots!"
"Page 58-59: Corona Policing"
"Page 62-63: Me/We"
"Page 66-67: Clear Days/Bright Nights"
"Page 70-71: May 25, 2020"
"Page 72-73: 500 Years"
"Page 80-81: WWJD?"
"Page 86-87: Our Beautiful Monuments"





Artist Statement

“Arc of the Viral Universe: a Notebook Project” is a collaborative project I organized at the beginning of the pandemic.  For this project 70 individuals: writers, artists (visual and performing), creative folks in every walk of life are keeping a journal, sketch/notebook for one year: from April 1, 2020 to April 1, 2021.  “Arc of the Viral Universe” suggests that it is time for each of us who are part of this huge world-wide challenge, to take stock of our collective human condition, and make a record of our hopes, and the possibilities this crisis presents for creating a more just, sustainable, and compassionate future.  I am grateful to “Climbing the Walls” for this opportunity to share some pages from my own notebook. “Arc of the Viral Universe: a Notebook Project” will be exhibited in public venues beginning in the summer of 2021.

Carla Rae Johnson


Carla Rae Johnson’s work includes drawing, sculpture, conceptual, performance, and installation art.  Her work is directly connected to ideas and often addresses issues of social, political, and cultural import.  Carla Rae is a 2017 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Drawing, a 2005 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Sculpture, and a 1990 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her work has been exhibited in solo, invitational, and curated shows in museums and galleries nationally and in New York City.

Carla Rae Johnson has a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Iowa.  After over 38 years an arts educator, Carla Rae recently retired from her position as a Full Professor of Art at Westchester Community College in Valhalla where she taught from 2003 to 2016.  She is now delighted to devote her energies to art, full time.

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