Because I Am Staying In

The Getty Museum tweeted a challenge to recreate a piece of art using the objects at hand. During the weeks between March 31, 2020 and April 12, 2020 while we self-isolated at home I made 48 recreations. I posted every remake with the phrase BECAUSE I AM STAYING IN in an effort to support flattening the curve. The Getty retweeted some of them and Buzzfeed included one in their coverage.

I found this “re-creational” diversion totally engrossing and thrilling. I totally forgot the tension of Covid-19 news for those moments and was happy to have my poetry brain, which was on pause after handing in my MFA thesis draft, experience a trill of novelty.

I gave myself a ten minute rule to assemble these tableaus, which I pretty much stuck to. Shooting and uploading them on my old phone was more time-consuming! Thanks to everyone who responded online with enthusiasm for this ridiculous impulse. It was a silly and surprising way to connect with so many people.

March 31, Flaming June by Frederic Leighton



March 31, Dance by Matisse

Dance by MatisseMatisse remake

March 31, Dali’s Elephants

Elephants 1948 by DaliElephants remake

April 1, Victoria Duryagina’s still life

April 1, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, for Doug Webster

April 1, Picasso’s La Misereuse Accroupie

April 1, Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat for Steve Schran

SeussSeuss remake

April 1, a 10-second Totoro for Esmeralda Alstadt

April 2,  a detail from The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard for Kelli Russell Agodon Russell and her daughter

The Swing.Jean-Honoré FragonardThe Swing remake


April 2, Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss for Elin Schran

The-Kissthe Kiss remake

April 2, Marc Chagall’s L’Homme À La Tète Renversée

Marc Chagall.L'Homme À La Tète RenverséeChagall remake

April 2, Antoine Vollon’s Mound of Butter for Shin Yu Pai

Antoine Vollon.Mound of ButterButter remake. Vollon

April 2, Starry Night by van Gogh for Susan Travers. This nearly broke me.

Starry NightStarry Night fail

April 2, I made neither of these but saw an equivalence in Degas’ ballerinas and the chicks in this photo going around the internet uncredited.

April 2, This triptych is a request from Heather Jessup.

Katsushika Hokusai Yejiri Station, Province of Suruga, ca. 1832, remade by Jeff Wall as a Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai), 1993, remade by me in 30 seconds flat.

Please check out Sheryda Warrner’s ekphrastic poem “A Sudden Gust“, also written off these works.

April 2, Ecce Homo aka Beast Jesus for Brandy Lien Worrall-Soriano

April 2, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living by Damien Hirst for Sarah Ludington.

Damien-Hirst-The-Physical-Impossibility-of-Death-in-the-Mind-of-Someone-LivingHirst remake

April 3, a spontaneous breakfast remake of a piece of art purchased in Mexico in 1996. Though the piece is untitled and unsigned, I refer to it as “Cosmic Bacon”.

April 3, Dali’s Burning Giraffe for Gabi Levy-Gay

April 3, Andrew Wyeth’s Christina’s World for Elin Schran

Christina's World.1948. Andrew WyethWyeth remake

April 4, Georgia O’Keefe’s Sky over Clouds for José Díaz Hernández

April 4, Henri Rousseau’s La Bohémienne Endormie for Margot Young

La Bohémienne Endormie. Henri RousseauLa Bohémienne endormie. Rousseau.remake

April 4, Charles Schulz’s doodle of my mom, Tenley Albright

April 4, Norval Morrisseau’s Thunderbird

April 4, Joan Miró’s The Magic of Colour with ketchup, mustard, and a peppercorn for Kathleen Drohan

April 4, Tiger in a Tropical Rainstorm by Henri Rousseau for Christine McNair

April 4, Peter Max’s Love is a special request from my mother.

April 4, Dali’s Paysage for Emiliabianca Pisani

Dali.PaysageDali Paysage.remake

April 5, Rothko’s Untitled, 1949, for Sonnet L’ Abbe

April 5, Matt Bollinger’s Storage, 2015 for Rabi Alameddine

April 5, Andy Warhol’s Flowers, 1964 for Roberta Traynor

April 5, Botticelli’s Venus for Jennifer Hall

Boticelli's VenusBotticelli's Venus remake

April 5, Streetcar Madonna, 1946 by Allan Rohan Crite for Rhys Gardiner

Streetcar Madonna 1946, Allan Rohan CriteCrite remake

April 5, Diego Rivera’s Flower Carrier for Christina Sokoloff Severin

Diego Rivera.The Flower CarrierRivera.remake

April 6, Jackson Pollock’s freeform Untitled 1946 for Steve Schran

Jackson Pollock, freeform 1946Pollock REMAKE

April 6, Octopus Teapot by Keiko Masumoto for Emiliabianca Pisani

April 6, Raimonds Staprans’ Still Life with Rolling Pin

Still Life with Rolling Pin.Raimonds StapransStaprans remake

April 7, Remedios Varo’s Meeting

April 7 Chagall’s Flying Lovers for Heather Haley

Chagall.Flying LoversChagall.Flying Lovers.remake

April 7, American Gothic for Tara McGuire

American Gothic. Grant WoodAmerican Gothic Remake








April 7, Howard Hodgkin’s Rain for Beth Davies

April 9, Varnette Honeywood’s Green Peas for Money, Peas for Luck for Terri Diane Stroud

Varnette Honeywood, Greens for Money, Peas for LuckHoneywood remake

April 9, Alicia Martin’s photo from her series “Biografies”

April 9, Panel 2 from Jacob Lawrence’s The American Struggle, the Boston Massacre for Penny Kline

Jacob Lawrence’s Massacre in BostonLawrence remake

April 9, Giovanni Caroto’s Portrait of a Young Boy Holding a Drawing

April 10, Lenora Carrington’s The Giantess (Guardian of the Egg)

April 11, Exploración de las Fuentes del Río Orinoco by Remedios Varo for Lydia Kwa

Bonus round: on Sep 20, 2020 on Iona Beach in Vancouver we came across this otter. Remake courtesy of opera gloves and bikinis.