Inside Voices

A Members' Exhibition in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

ABOUT this exhibition

As we have all been asked to stay inside this year, interior spaces have become heightened reflective zones. Inside Voices prompts artists to consider a wide range of interiors, including domestic environments, psychological subjectivity, bodies, architecture, and sculptural containment. The one hundred artistic spaces created for this exhibition reveal symbolic weight, mental and emotional states, fantasy worlds, gender roles, and personal memories.

For this ninth Call and Response collaboration between ArtsWorcester and the Fitchburg Art Museum, artists responded not only to the idea of interiority, but directly to one (or more) of ten artworks on loan from the Museum. Explore the loan of ten works from FAM's permanent collection below.

The Fitchburg Art Museum’s curatorial staff has selected ten works from Inside Voices to be exhibited at FAM later this year. View those selections below.

We thank our friends and partners at the Fitchburg Art Museum for sharing their collection so generously with our artists.

ArtsWorcester exhibitions are sustained in part by the C. Jean and Myles McDonough Charitable Foundation.

Visit our galleries

On view: March 18 through May 2, 2021

Inside Voices is on view in ArtsWorcester's main galleries and online beginning Thursday, March 18, 2021. Gallery capacity will be limited to ten visitors at any time, and all visitors are required to wear masks or face coverings. Gallery visitors are required to reserve a free, forty-five minute appointment in advance on Eventbrite before entering. ArtsWorcester gallery hours run Thursdays through Sundays, 12:00 to 5:00 PM. This exhibition will be on view through Sunday, May 2, 2021.

Works from the Fitchburg Art Museum

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Images courtesy of the Fitchburg Art Museum

FAM selections

(click the arrow to the right to view selections)

We enthusiastically congratulate these ten artists:

Aaron Brodeur, Headspace, (pine, douglas fir, found wood, steel, wire, carved trucast, sawdust and ash compound, poly-fil, acrylic and spray paint on sewn canvas)

Elizabeth Buck, End Of Day, (watercolor and gouache on artboard)

Carrie Crane, While Reading Something About Matter, (acrylic on paper)

Jason Fiering, Four Poster, (acrylic on fabrics and paper with aluminum support)

Claire Lima, The Place of Shifting Consciousness, (wire, wool, seed pods, roses, wild grass, acrylic paint)

Rebecca McGee Tuck, Visions Of The Hereafter: Now, (wood, found objects, wax, thread)

Jane O’Hara, A Boy's Bullet, (acrylic on wood)

Kate Rasche, A Warm, Soft Whisper, (gouache on paper, mylar)

Ron Rosenstock, Looking Within, (archival inkjet photograph)

Michelle Stevens, Now and Again, (graphite on paper)

VIDEO: Curator Insights

Marjorie Rawle, Terrana Assistant Curator at the Fitchburg Art Museum, had a daunting mission when she arrived in our galleries to select only ten works out of one hundred on view in Inside Voices. Ultimately, Rawle selected these ten works for exhibition at FAM later this year, and provides deeper insight into how she made these choices in a video conversation with Alice Dillon, ArtsWorcester Associate Director.

Explore the exhibition

Nedret Andre

Dive, oil on canvas, 36" x 36", 2019, $3,500


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


Dive represents the quiet feeling of diving into water. A type of suspension and letting go.

Ann Barrett Hicks

Tribute, oil on canvas, 24" x 24", 2021, $700


Inspired by: Abelam artist (Middle Sepik River region, Prince Alexander Mountains, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania), Mask (baba)


The world is losing cultural diversity at a rapid rate, yet it is diversity that provides the resilience needed for a healthy future for all of life. This painting is my tribute to the culture of the Abelam People.

Eugenie Lewalski Berg

Mind Files, aqua resin, acrylic paint, 16" x 6.5" x 1.5", 2021, $1,800


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


To stay sane, I file away “things” in compartments in my mind; some easily accessible, others locked tight. I wish my brain was as cool, calm and detached as this image.

Susan Black

My Red, White & Blues, acrylic with paper collage, marker and colored pencil, 21.5" wide x 17.5" high, 2020, $275


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through Apple; Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


My inner voice is disturbed by escalating gun violence in our nation, especially during our precarious pandemic. The two images from FAM, steel pipes and a shattered apple, are combined to portray gun barrels and the destruction of our society.

Carol Bloomfield

Infinite Twilight, digital photograph, 9" x 12", 2020, $300


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


A 9" x 12" digital collage using ambiguous imagery and symbolism to create a surreal landscape.

Samantha Bodkin

Rings of Life, acrylic paint and marker on canvas, 20" x 20", 2021, $300

Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


My piece was inspired by the rings of the piece Steel Pipes. It reminded me of the rings of a tree, build of time within nature and the stark contrast with the metal medium. I decided to keep my piece to 3 main colors, black, white and purple. Purple has a significant meaning to my life and my recovery from addiction, it is another ring within my own life.

Michele Boshar

Missing Piece, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 18", 2021, $400

Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


This year, not only have I been physically inside my studio more since the pandemic, but also I have been stuck in my head. Some days I am flooded with ideas and thoughts and energy. Other days my mind is empty and I am unable to read and to focus - as if my mind is missing a piece.

Chelsea Bradway-Francis

Speed Reading, black and white photograph, 16" x 20", 2021, $375


Inspired by: Lucien Aigner, Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem


I am compelled to photograph women in situations that bring the viewer’s awareness of their strength, beauty, and everyday struggles. Through this she asks us to step inside an alternate reality where societal roles are cast aside and whimsy is apparent, drawing us in.

Evelyn Britz-Cunningham

The Scholar, oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2019, $3,000


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


I enjoy painting thoughtful portraits of people doing what they love to do.

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Aaron Brodeur

Headspace, pine, douglas fir, found wood, steel, wire, carved trucast, sawdust and ash compound, poly-fil, acrylic and spray paint on sewn canvas, 72" x 36", 2021, $3,500


Inspired by: Abelam artist (Middle Sepik River region, Prince Alexander Mountains, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania), Mask (baba)


A mask can be transformative, protective, and symbolic. Headspace considers these categories as well as alluding to the vulnerability and fragility of the mind.

Lora Brueck

As If In A Dream, digital photography; in-camera double exposure, 16” x 20”, 2020, $200


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)

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Elizabeth Buck

End Of Day, watercolor and gouache on artboard, 12" x 16", 2021, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Lucien Aigner, Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem


This end of my hall has become work and home office, teaching and personal studio. Reflecting upon Lucien Aigner's work and Irving R. Wiles' work had me draw a more exhausted connection between the two. This encapsulates the exhaustion of pandemic life-being constantly on-the-go, yet never leaving the corner.

Evan Charney

Library Time, reduction woodcut, 8" x 10", 2018, $240


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


This woodcut was loosely based on a photograph of my granddaughter; surrounded by books but curled up with an iPad. Oh, well.

Cristi Winona Collari

Transcendence, digital photograph, 24” x 30”, 2021, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


Hiking is a daily part of my life. I enter forests with great respect and curiosity and am frequently rewarded with ephemeral and breathtaking moments.

James Collins

The Return, inkjet photo manipulation, 18" x 24", 2018, $350


Inspired by: Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


This is a photographic assemblage using my images and appropriated ones.

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Carrie Crane

While Reading Something About Matter, acrylic on paper, 14" x 7", 2021, $550


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


Since late 2019, in both 2D and 3D form, I have been exploring the shape of a soap bubble when compressed as described by the mathematicians Weaire and Phelan. This piece in particular was created in response to the composition and palette of Will Barnet's The Reader.

Tracy Crane

No Green Thumb Needed, glass and terra cotta on wooden canvas, 16" x 20", 2021, $1600


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


Houseplants have become my COVID sanity. Only fitting I make a tribute.

Christine Croteau

Closeness, clay, 12" x 12" x 4", 2021, $175


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


We used to be close. Now it's just my books and cat. God knows for how much longer...

Linda Dagnello

Party of One, oil on canvas, 18" x 18", 2021, $850


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader; Irving R. Wiles, Reverie.


A young child's view of Pandemic and isolation are quite simply, normal. Her Birthday celebration consists of her favorite princess party dress, and the unlimited choices of her imagination.

Jessica DeHaemer

The Zoomer, acrylic on canvas, 12” x 12”, 2021, $200


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader

Lawrence DeJong

Chairs of Worship: The Paradox of Prayer, France, photograph, Lambda print, 12" x 15", 2016, $225


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


I have been exploring small churches in France where the sunlight coming through stained glass windows falls on the chairs and floor creating fascinating images of color and architectural features.

Alice Dillon

Portrait of AD, embroidery thread on mesh and repurposed fabric tablecloth, 10" x 10", 2021, $175


Inspired by: Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


Portrait of AD is a fiber adaptation of the double exposure technique used by Robert Richfield in Portrait of David Joseph. The dark background covered in mesh takes inspiration from Richfield’s lace bed drapery and dark furniture while also making visual the feeling of sitting alone with one’s thoughts.

Lucille Ela

Blue Gaia, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24", 2021, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


Blue Gaia exhibits clearly defined shape to shape relationships in space. The figure ground elements fit together as puzzle pieces. Blue Gaia is realistic without being naturalistic. I invite the observer to view an isolated moment of stillness.

Laurie Tarr Ellsworth

In Another World, oil on panel, 5" x 7", 2021, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader

Nancy Engberg

Blue and Gold Redux, archival inkjet print, 20" x 16", 2020, $200


Inspired by: Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


Candida Hofer's vibrant colors inspired me to seek out my existing photograph made in February 2020 inside an 18th century fort.

Madge Evers

From The Dark Days, mushroom spores on paper, 11" x 14", 2017, $400


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


Harold Edgerton’s transformative strobe photograph reveals the physics of acceleration and inspires my desire to see that which is often imperceptible. From the Dark Days, an image with a similar composition but that is altogether different than the iconic Bullet Through Apple, also relies on ballistics: When it's time to release its spores, a mushroom launches them with a mighty explosion that is 25,000 times the force of gravity - those spores are called ballistospheres.

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Jason Fiering

Four Poster, acrylic on fabrics and paper with aluminum support, 36" x 36", 2021, $2,800


Inspired by: Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


My current series, "Turned Down," assembles canvases into bed-like structures using metal framing. Richfield's layered portrait (of a portrait) and his practice of assembled photographs seem a natural match. It’s pure and happy coincidence for the theme that David Joseph made his fortune in metal trading.

Lisa Foster

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art (Eleanor Roosevelt), reproduction quilting fabrics and acrylic on canvas, 16" x 20", 2021, $650


Inspired by: Lucien Aigner, Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem; Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


Beauty is created by the work we do, the ideas we hold, the love we give, the wisdom we share, the meaning and purpose we pursue, the imprint we leave on the world. Human beauty cannot merely exist upon a surface, it is rather, the meticulous creation of a self from within.

Sharon Freed

By Means of Heat, digital photography, 16" x 20", 2019, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)



Timothy Gannon

It Grows On You, acrylic on linen, 36" x 30", 2021, $800


Inspired by: Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside


In the Harunubo print the man outside is attempting to cover up from the woman inside. This painting is about altering what's outside in an attempt to change the feeling inside.

John Garton

Trompe L'Oeil, acrylic on canvas, 9" x 12", 2021, $250


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


The French term "fool the eye" five hundred years ago might mean painting a fly onto a portrait. I reversed Harold's Edgerton's bullet with a fly in this trompe l'oeil painting.

Francine Gintoff

Guns and Roses, mixed media: inkjet, fabric, 30" x 24", 2021, $875


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple; Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


Guns and Roses is a synthesis / interpretation of Edgerton's photo of the bullet and the ornate frame in Wiles's Reverie. It is mounted on a damask fabric to evoke an interior space and that is an integral part of the piece. The three portraits represent different ethnicities and genders and are all named "Rose".

John Gintoff

Kosmonaut, inkjet collage photograph, 22" x 28", 2021, $1,500


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


The circular repetition in Fritz Gerlinger's photograph inspired the concentric circle motif in this piece. The work's foundation is a photo collage that has been subsequently drawn on. The drawing is actually representations of the letters for the word for Cosmonaut in Russian. This series was originally inspired by Anthony Burgess' A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

Christina Giza

Glass and Shadows, watercolor on paper, 12" x 9", 2019, $500


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


While being alone at home, I needed to find where my eyes were wandering. I came upon pieces and background that spoke to me and continued to capture that essence.

Gloria Goguen

Waiting Wondering Wanting, sumi ink and watercolor on rice paper, 24" x 30", 2021, $1,000


Inspired by: Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside


This piece expresses the passing of time symbolized by the Japanese characters for the seasons. The elements of flowers, leaves and seeds depict nature going on as it always does. We wait till we can begin again. We wonder when that will happen. We want to live our dreams.

Tom Grady

The Nap, charcoal and white pastel on gray paper, 16" x 20", 2021, $550


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


This drawing shows an intimate moment of rest between a travel-weary couple moments after checking into a Bed & Breakfast.

Miranda Greenhalgh

Cancelled, sumi ink and watercolor on rice paper, 23" x 21", 2021, $500


Inspired by: Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside


As a parent one of most challenging aspects of the pandemic has been seeing the impact to our children. A child looks through the window imagining all his activities and dreams on hold indefinitely.

Penelope Hauck

Closeness, oil on canvas, 12" x 16", 2018, $500


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


I'm intrigued by the balance of nature and the extension and beauty of how plants elegantly display their beauty. My eyes are drawn into the closeness of the leaves, looking at the relationship of those intersections and the lines that are created within space.

Lisa Hayden

Working From Home, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 24”, 2021, $1,200


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


Working from home, distracted by all the objects and responsibilities in the house. Glancing out the window, always dreaming of the outside world.

John Hayes-Nikas

Verdant Whisper, oil paint, wax, enamel on wood panel, 30" x 21", 2021, $900


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


I found both Höfer and Autry's pieces to clearly have a sense of place and possess elements of reminiscence. In response to those two images, I returned to my own past structures by listening to my inner voices.

Allie Heimos

Trick, Dodge, Deceive, alcohol-based inks, oil paint, and mixed media on plexiglass, wood, 12" x 12" x 13.25", 2021, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


Trick, Dodge, Deceive is the realization of a concept I began developing over a year ago, one that is built on inner entanglement and dissection.

Many of the materials and methods used here were new to me, and that novelty provided unexpected freedom. Now, a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, I view these materials through a new lens. Many of our interactions are now divided by plastic sheeting just like this. Through video chat, we are still obscured by a screen and the shortcomings that entails. Barriers, even transparent ones, add an unnatural dimension to everyday connections.

In non-pandemic times, I would encourage audiences to rearrange the slides, and ask how their interpretation of the work might shift through new sequences.

Ann Marie Hershberger

Symbols Of Home, acrylic gouache on archival art board, 4" x 6", 2021, $450


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


Symbols of Home is an interior arrangement referencing family and comfort through color, folk patterns and familial references. Both the amaryllis and poinsettia speak to the strength and resilience needed to navigate this past year and the potential for rejuvenation often dependent upon our relationships. The arrangement of furniture and items speak to Carol Autry's work, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX).

Nastassia Hunt

Pillow For Two, oil paint on canvas, 14” x 11”, 2021, $680


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader; Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


Many young people have spent much more time indoors throughout this pandemic than usual. Play dates and social activities have been missed and longed for. I wanted through this painting to capture a positive aspect; becoming closer and taking comfort in those within the home.

Elijah Johnson

Bedroom in Arles (Second Version) After Vincent Van Gogh, acrylic on teabag, 4 1/2" x 6”, 2020, $250


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Will Barnet, The Reader; Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple; Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside; Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors; Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s hope for a utopian artist community. This was Vincent’s creative sanctuary. So grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

Howard Johnson

Epistemological Missile, neocolor crayons, Prismacolor, ink, graphite on pastel paper, mounted and sealed with acrylic on ampersand staged board, 20" x 24" x 1.5", 2020, $3,200, Courtesy of the Howard Yezerski Gallery.


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


Smart Bomb. Demons, Terrors and Pestilence arising for the opening of The Abyss in Biblical Revelation 9.

Timothy Johnson

Streetlight / Moonlight, photograph (archival inkjet print), 14" x 14" (image), 20 1/4" x 20 1/4" (framed), 2020, $380


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside



Christopher King

Circumferential Blinds, wood sticks with bark, black waxed cord, 36" diameter x 80" long, 2020, $7000


Inspired by: Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside


I spent most of my art production time in 2020 working on stitching sticks together to make blinds, mobiles, and other suspended sculptures from wood and rope. When I explored the items on loan from FAM, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside, sparked a thought to build a 3 dimensional version from several components of my work. Five Blinds, originally linear, was joined at the sides to build the house; Blind Pair became the window sill and the Man Outside; Woven Stick Spiral is the Woman at a Window as well as an enclosed focal point of the final assembly.

Teresa Lamacchia

Black And White Tunnels, digital photograph, acrylic paint, and oil sticks on cotton canvas, 24" x 24", 2021, $375


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


Frank Gerlinger’s Steel Pipes photograph reminds me of being uncontrollably swept into the traffic flow while driving in a tunnel. My claustrophobic self anxiously seeks the reassuring light at the end. Getting out, free of restraint, I breathe a sigh of relief.

Syd Lewin

Come On In, Love / The Water's Fine, curtains, agar powder, gelatin, glycerin, turmeric, sprinkles, food coloring, curtain hooks, embroidery floss, wire, yarn, candles, soda bottle, mug, string lights, dish, 30" x 25" x 25", 2020, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple; Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


Born of sustainability practices and household objects, Come On In Love / The Water’s Fine reflects on the process of learning to cohabit in a moment radically changed by pandemic and its accompanied anxieties. It celebrates access intimacy, domesticity, architecture, private space, vulnerability, and comfort when public existence becomes an emotional toll to be evaluated every day.

Edward Lilley

Abacus, reclaimed laptop computer, glass marbles, acrylic paint, 12" x 10" x 6", 2021, $1,000


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


This sculpture is meant to draw the irony between present day computers and ancient counting machines.

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Claire Lima

The Place Of Shifting Consciousness, wire, wool, seed pods, roses, wild grass, acrylic paint, 46"h x 10"w x 10"d, 2021, $410


Inspired by: Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


From the physical act of collecting and combining materials to the layers and contours of its finalized form, this work contemplates the dimensions of emotion in the tiny moments before we stop to think, pause to reflect or retreat within ourselves.

Madeleine Lord

Red Angel, welded found painted steel, 44"h x 32"w x 11"d, 2018, $2,200


Inspired by: Abelam artist (Middle Sepik River region, Prince Alexander Mountains, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania), Mask (baba); Lucien Aigner, Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem


The concentric circled woven Mask from Papua New Guinea would hide the wearer to achieve ceremonial purpose. My Red Angel has a hidden visage, implied simply by a saint’s halo. Looks like no one, available to all. The primary scrap of billowing red implies a sacred purpose, a cavern of grace where supplication may be answered. The photo portrait of Artist Augusta Savage shows her working on a larger-than-life size solemn cloaked figure. Her fully visible form in the process of creating a hidden figure with higher purpose feels like my relationship to the Red Angel, similar to my intent when forming it and quiet conversation we have daily.

Nathan Manna

Bottoms Up, metal cans, paper, glue 18" x 18" x 17", 2021, $1,000


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple; Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


When I saw Steel Pipes by Fritz Gerlinger, I was really interested in the round shapes. I found that shape in the cans I used in the creation of this sculpture and the cans then became a vessel for homoerotic collages which the title references.

Dominick Marcigliano

Iceland photography, 16" x 20", 2018, $300


Inspired by: Lucien Aigner, Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem; Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside


This photograph reflects the movement and sentiment of Suzuki Harunobu’s A Woman at the Window, Man Outside and Lucien Aigner’s Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem. It is part of a series that seeks to capture a type of architectural portrait. The juxtaposition of figurative and structural aspects in the facade of a building adds a level of humanity that appeals to me on both a visual and emotional level. The mixture of these elements provides the context to create a sense of personality within the frame.

Lucy Marcigliano

Blinkered, wood and metal, 19"h x 15"w x 4"d, 2021, $750


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


My sculpture reflects how easily we can find ourselves restricted in perspective when looking out from behind or within. Both my piece, Blinkered, and Carolyn Autry’s, Relationship of Things, construct overall composition using a disjointed array of lines and shapes. I connected with Autry’s elements of form and movement to illustrate a sense of inner space.

Kat Masella

A Good Reading, oil on canvas, 22" x 30", 2021, $2,800


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


Will Barnet masterfully blended influences of Picasso and Cezzane into his unique language of lines and color planes. Barnet's piece, The Reader, with a woman in relaxed repose was the inspiration for my piece entitled, Lazy Sunday. I took detour from flat color by instead shifting the planes and lines into and out of space adding just a hint of a suggestion of a grey, fury pet (need to look closely around the woman's knee).

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Rebecca McGee Tuck

Visions Of The Hereafter: Now, wood, found objects, wax, thread 28" x 28" x 6", 2020, $900


Inspired by: Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


In the year 2020 we learned to change our routines and behaviors in order to protect ourselves from the dangers lurking outside of our homes. The woman in this piece is witness to all of these horrifying events from this surreal year that include deaths, riots and social unrest. As she looks out of her window, I am reminded of Blue and Gold and Other Colors, with its beautiful colors, cathedral-like setting and doorways that we are curious to enter from where we stand and gaze from within.

Anne McNevin

Looking Inward, photography, 21" x 27", 2020, $150


Inspired by: Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


The gorgeous painting Reverie and earthy photo Looking Inward seemingly have nothing in common but when I saw the painting I immediately thought of a particular image with Jill Watts taken in the summer of 2020 at the old WWI prison camp in Rutland State Park. Both settings are entirely different in affect and intent. One is protected, beautiful, serene and luxurious; the other is the interior of an old cave like, graffiti filled structure. However, within both rooms each woman blends harmoniously with her surroundings, slightly bemused and beautiful in her own way. The contrast and similarity of the two disparate pieces was the reason I chose these images.

Kathy Murray

Crossed Out, relief print, 24" x 29.75" framed, 2019, $500


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


While the steel pipes in Gerlinger's piece represent portals to outside possibilities, this print suggests the shutdown of those opportunities.

Kat O'Connor

Alan, oil on panel, 7.75" x 10", 2021, $695


Inspired by: Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


This painting is about the memory of a person. All memories vary. Some things are brought forward, distorted, magnified and highlighted. Other things fade or are softened with time. The painting attempts to capture something that is just beyond reach, liquid and moving.

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Jane O'Hara

A Boy's Bullet, acrylic on wood, 20" x 16", 2021, $2,400


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


A young boy poses proudly with the deer he just killed. The piece Bullet Through Apple by Harold Edgerton influenced A Boy's Bullet with its violent explosion of the apple, a symbol of nature and wholesomeness. The boy's voices in his head are forever changed with the shattering of his innocence by taking the life of a deer to earn his parent's approval.

Donna O'Scolaigh Lange

The Blue Room, collage on board, 14" x 11”, 2019, $350


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


The mother, loving her child, looks wistfully at the butterflies escaping from her window.

Edmy Ortiz

My Chromebook Reader, oil on canvas, 24" x 36", 2021, $1,200


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


Along with The Reader this piece was also inspired by a photo of my daughter Alba with our kitten Bella, the picture was taken on May 12, 2020 a few days after we rescued Bella from a garage. The painting is a symbol of love, kid's resilience and our connection with the world while in a lockdown.

John Pagano

Slipping, acrylic on canvas, 16.5" x 20.5", 2021, $650


Inspired by: Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH



Melissa Parent

Incinerate, oil on canvas, 22" x 34", 2021, $1,200

Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple; Will Barnet, The Reader; Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


Incinerate is a piece that is about self reflection, and overcoming obstacles to tame the fire within. This work touches on taking control of what seems untouchable in the face of many challenges.

Gedas Paskauskas

Wardrobe, metallic inkjet print on dibond and plexi mount, 20"h x 13.25"w, 2020, $700


Inspired by: Abelam artist (Middle Sepik River region, Prince Alexander Mountains, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania), Mask (baba)


The Abelam yam mask, an important ceremonial artifact for a society whose lives depend on a successful harvest, acts as a reminder of our own tentative existence. In Wardrobe, one is reminded of what is paramount and what has become peripheral.

Stephen Paulson

Can’t Get There From Here, oil pastels on rusted steel panel, 35”h x 20”w x 1”d, 2021, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes; Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors



The idea just popped into my head upon waking as I observed the images that pass before my eyes when they are still closed.

Carolyn Quirk

What Apple? acrylic paint, with glass beads and black lava on canvas, 11" x 14", 2021, $500


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


Bullet through Apple represents my life right now, there are so many moving parts and pieces, I am wearing a number of different hats and the only thing that is holding it all together is Art.

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Kate Rasche

A Warm, Soft Whisper, gouache on paper, mylar, 8" x 8", 2021, $300


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors; Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


Just before the pandemic hit I traveled to California to say final goodbyes to my grandmother and her mid-century California ranch, where some of my earliest memories were made. Over the course of the Covid lockdown I had recurring vivid dreams of being in that house, empty of people but full of familiar sounds and atmospheres. This work is inspired by those dreams, the comfort and melancholy of memories, and the isolation of the last year. My source photos came from the real estate listing when the house was sold.

Karen Reid

It's Internal, oil and wax on panel, 16" x 16", 2018, $1,200


Inspired by: Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


Ann Rosebrooks

Joys of the Heart, acrylic on canvas, 17" x 21" x 1", 2020, $400


Inspired by: Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


This piece celebrates the love of home and family and is a meditation on my good fortune.

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Ron Rosenstock

Looking Within, archival inkjet photograph, 24" x 29", 2020, $850


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


This image requires the viewer to be present to the moment. Time and space are no longer relevant and soul searching can proceed.

Piya Samant

Elusive Shadows, oil on paper, 16" x 12" framed, 2021, $650


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


An experiment in light and shadows to evoke elusive shapes and emotions.

Randi Shenkman

Studio in the Time of Covid, photography on paper, 10" x 15", 2021, $225


Inspired by: Lucien Aigner, Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem


I've been creating a number of works since Christmas that would capture life in the time of Covid (thank you, Gabriel Garcia Marquez). I had started the basics of this photo a couple of months ago and when I saw the photo by Lucien Aigner, I knew which of my pieces I would submit. While my studio is a separate room, my computer processing of my photos is done sitting in my corner of the living room couch.

John Slepian

25 Straws 9 Photos 12x Life Size, polaroid collage, 10" x 11", 2021, $750


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


This work is from a series of images of small everyday vernacular objects great enlarged and presented as gridded Polaroid images. The intention is to raise these mundane objects to the level of a Modernist/formalist examination--somewhat ironically.

Edwin Smith

Go This Way, inkjet photo print, 12" x 16", 2021, $300


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


This is part of my symmetry series, showing my need to escape the 2020 rut.

Lesia Sochor

The Heart Explodes, watercolor on paper, 17" x 20", 2020. $400


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


The exploding apple triggers an emotional, visceral, response; it is a jolt to the system, remarkable, brutal and beautiful. The heart, the very core of our emotions, in these remarkable times feels like it can detonate at any moment....and for many it has, literally and as a reactive rupture.


This piece is exclusively viewable online.

Annie Souza

Glimpse, mixed media, 9.5" x 11" x 3.5", 2021, $1,675


Inspired by: Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


In this time of Covid I spend a lot of time in my own head looking out the window remembering a time before when gigs, travel and even dinner with friends happened. Though I was more attracted to a couple of the FAM pieces I ended up choosing the Candida Hofer photograph of the beautiful interior of the Sala Dei Gigli and it was because of an old frame I’ve been holding on to for years. Though it’s small it has a classical presence and some depth and it gave me an idea.

Tracy Spadafora

Hope, oil on braced wood panel, 11" x 14" x 1.5", 2021, $500


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


When I saw Harold Edgerton’s iconic Bullet Through Apple photo I almost immediately had the vision of this painting in my head. The flowers coming from the syringe on the other side of the coronavirus molecule are chrysanthemums, a flower that symbolizes “hope”, which is the title of my painting.

Patrick Steele

I'm Ok Today, oil on canvas, 24" x 36" x 1.5", 2019, $1,300


Inspired by: Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


Forced into isolation by a pandemic, one's mind begins to drift. Comfort blends with unease. Chaos and distraction nip at the heels of one's singular focus on perfection.

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Michelle Stevens

Now and Again, graphite on paper, 12" x 12", 2021, $1,200


Inspired by: Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


A response to the transparent, framed portrait play in Richfield’s photo. Richfield’s subject seemed to appear like someone who had passed, while in my work, I looked at someone I hadn’t seen since a time before we had any clue of the isolation that would be approaching, the death of our former lives. A world welcoming casual time spent with friends, deeply getting to know new people, and anxiety-free time outside of the house was swapped for an extreme amount of time spent with the self and our inner worlds, reflected within the walls of our homes.

Pamela Stolz

Religion and Fly Paper, oil on canvas, 16" x 20", 2018, $850


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX)


This painting depicts a quiet moment of my grandparents home. The mundane provides a glimpse into my Irish Catholic heritage.

Joanne Stowell

Artist's Daughter in the Studio, oil on wood panel, 17" x 15", 2020, $500


Inspired by: Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


In this painting, I capture my daughter sitting in my studio chair, watching as I paint. With her being home more than usual, she has been spending more time in my studio watching me work, which is the inspiration behind this piece. She then enjoyed watching as I painted her image.

Jill Strait

First Guitar, oil enamel on canvas, 15” x 30”, 2021, $850


Inspired by: Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


This piece is about a treasured child’s guitar and fun, colorful patterns in balance.

Lawrence Strauss

Mallet and Stake and Head, oil on canvas, 12" x 16", 2021, $1,250


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


Harold Edgerton's photo suggested an assassination. But Edgerton does not show the shooter, suggesting a beyond-time, forever action. In parallel, my painting (that keeps Edgerton's palette) shows a Mary/female-divine piercer with metal weapons approaching a vulnerable, senseless head.

Richard Suls

25,489 Objects, pen on paper, 12" x 16", 2021, $250


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


High frequencies of being inside reminds me of the joy of the great outdoors. My photo, transformed by Python and math offers a view into my memory of it.

Cathy Weaver Taylor

Winter Morning on the Porch, archival digital print, 20" x 24", 2020, $400


Inspired by: Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside


In Suzuki Harunobu woodblock-print A Woman at a Window, Man Outside you can feel the chill from the snow as the woman looks out from her interior window. Similarly, Winter Morning on the Porch shows a cold morning with interior and exterior views. The glass sphere and ring sculpture picks up on the circular wagon wheel and rounded windows in Harunobu’s print, and is an additional internal space within the porch. There is an exquisite pull of interior and exterior present in both.



Pamela Taylor

Man and Dog, casein paint on panel, 11" x 14", 2020, Not For Sale


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


Comfy clothes, slippers and the company of a trusty dog get us through the loneliness and uncertainty of these COVID days.


Hope Tian

Reading, oil on canvas, 20" x 16", 2020, $1,500


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


In the blooming world of the book.

Amber Rose Tortorelli

The Title is a Symbol I Can't Type, oil on canvas, 36" x 36", 2021, $1,234.56


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple; Abelam artist (Middle Sepik River region, Prince Alexander Mountains, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania), Mask (baba); Lucien Aigner, Augusta Savage in her Studio, Harlem; Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Will Barnet, The Reader; Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes; Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside; Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors; Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH; Irving R. Wiles, Reverie


Although the work was created with aspects of each image in mind, be it focus, perception, an explosion etc, the commanding images related to this piece are of the Abelam artist's mask because they look like vaginas. The seemingly slumbering goddess-like figure shows relation to the natural world and explores elements of female identity. The painting features colorful, open spaces but the central focus of the piece is the interior, or womb of the Mother Earth and her body as the foundation for life.

Simon Tozer

Boys Have Penances and Girls Have Vaginas poem, inkjet print on toilet paper, held in tissue paper, cardstock, and blanket, on marble, 3" x 4", 2021, $50


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


I saw a reader and wondered what was written. "The Reader" inspires the form and theme, while the content of the poem carries my inside voice.

Gennaro Varriale-Gonzalez

The Inside Voice of Beth Harmon, watercolor on watercolor paper, 14,5" x 26", 2021, $700


Inspired by: Will Barnet, The Reader


The artwork The Reader reminds me of a girl, Elizabeth Harmon, the protagonist of the series "The Queen’s Gambit." I perceive that those two girls share the same choice: self-isolation for being absorbed in their interior space. The interior space of the subject of the painting of Barnet is based on words and letters. Whereas, Elizabeth is able to “visualize” in her own inner word, the pieces of chess, strategies and possible solutions. Both girls give space to their own inside voices arose from their passion. Nevertheless, Will Barnet created an artwork titled Chess Game. Such a work is very similar to the cover of the 1983 book “The Queen’s Gambit” by Walter Tevis!

Lynn Viamari

The Crossing, oil, burlap, and plaster on board, 12" x 12", 2021, $650


Inspired by: Candida Höfer, Blue and Gold and Other Colors


The artificial borders that entrap us can be transcended by our imagination. Once we open doors to the possibility of a purer world beyond we free our existence and enable the crossing into something beyond.

Mary Pat Wager

Reveal, welded steel and silica ore wall relief, 14 1/4"h x 8"w x 2 3/4"d, 2019, $3,500


Inspired by: Abelam artist (Middle Sepik River region, Prince Alexander Mountains, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania), Mask (baba)


What was once concealed is now exposed disclosing its inner essence.

Francis Warner

Intellectual Progression II, mixed media, 20" x 15", 2021, $325


Inspired by: Harold Edgerton, Bullet through apple


This piece is about the dimension of time and circular progression.

Jill Watts

Negative Space, wood, epoxy, polyurethane, steel wire, 23" x 20" x 24", 2020, $1,800


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


I emphasized the contrast between the geometric series of holes in the square piece of wood and the holes in the natural forms which relates to the geometry of the steel pipes and what is visible through them. The title is a play on words since 2020 has required us to look out through barriers to participation. What we see through the steel pipes is in some ways more interesting than the pipes themselves.

Al Weems

Looking Up, photography printed on silver rag fine art paper, 16" x 20", 2020, $750


Inspired by: Fritz Gerlinger, Steel Pipes


Onward and upward. The days may not display sunshine but we still arise. Skyward is the vision.

Peter Wise

Lenin Entering The Museum of History, digital photomontage on aluminum, 16" x 20", 2010, $250


Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


Richfield's work is reminiscent of Victorian spirit photography used to reflect contact with the dead. While my piece in a way is the antithesis of that practice, both represent interiors of the imagination and real spaces but chiefly for my purposes the idea of worlds not normally perceived.

Brenda Yates

The Lex, photography, 15" x 20", 2018, Not For Sale


Robert Richfield, Portrait of David Joseph, Cincinnati OH


A bedframe, a lamp, wall art can all come together as an abstraction. I strive to derive abstractions from those items that might otherwise be overlooked. Lexington Hotel NYC.

Joshua Yates

Watchler, mixed media painting on canvas, 14" x 17" x 0.75", 2019, $700


Inspired by: Abelam artist (Middle Sepik River region, Prince Alexander Mountains, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania), Mask (baba); Carolyn Autry, Relationship of Things (Belief XXX); Suzuki Harunobu, A Woman at a Window, Man Outside


This painting references the artist's predilection for exploring themes of the collective unconsciousness, myth making and archetypes; the basic forms and pathways in which an individual's psychic existence is enacted and which at any stage of one's personal growth exert their powerful influence.