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We asked four local artists to create a work of art based on our four themes of family, community, isolation and resilience. We’ve turned their beautiful work into postcards for you to take and share as part of our One Community Postcard Project. Pick up a pre-stamped postcard at any Library location, add your own message and send it along to someone who may need a word of encouragement, love or support. Not sure who to send to? Use the enclosed label to send your postcard to our partners at area senior living facilities to let our local seniors know we care about them.

Below, the artists discuss the themes of their art.

Community by Emma Ross (2020, acrylic on canvas)

"Community" by Emma Ross

"Room brings up an interesting view on community and relationships. Our protagonists (very understandably) have trust issues in their community after their escape from confinement, and continually rely on one another for comfort and support. Both throughout the book, and throughout our world it is stories and communications that bring us together as people. In this artwork, I aim to study the nature of trust in an uncertain world, and the way that perspective can shift, diffuse and warp a story."

Resilience by Ben Olson

"Resilience" by Ben Olson

"The image of the word Resilience in this book to me, was encapsulated in the last scene. Jack goes back to this place that he lived his entire life - cold, dark and only saw the world as real through the television. The colors are both cold in the blues and grays and painful in the reds of the TV stand wood. He unplugs the TV, separating his former reality with the actual reality of the real world and a new start. Jack is a white silhouette to embody the new life he’s about to begin in this world filled with color."

Isolation by Illiyan Petkov
"Isolation" by Illiyan Petkov

"My work tends to be realistic with hints at the abstract, with color and shape bringing to life the subject and underlying themes. In Isolation, a cold color gamut brings to the forefront the lifelessness of isolation, with the surroundings transitioning towards the abstract, as though the reality of the outside world doesn’t truly exist to the characters depicted - it does so only as a concept. The farther from the characters a component is placed, and the farther away from their present moment it seems, the more unreal it becomes, where a skylight is not really a skylight - it is a distant ray of hope. The geometric shapes render the room oppressive and uninviting - an icy world of few consolations, the only warmth being between mother and child, and an entrapping force that is too close for comfort. I used my own models for the characters, and, to better feel and capture the atmosphere of isolation, I made preliminary charcoal sketches in my home’s basement, where dim light seeps through from small windows."

Family Ties by Phil Seifritz

"Family Times" by Phil Seifritz

"The painting Family Ties represents what links families together. The mother and son in the center represent the mother and son of the book Room, with their extended family surrounding them. Even though the actual figures in the painting are based on members of the artist’s family, they represent all families. The faces are silver leafed to represent a mirror like image so that the viewer can see themselves in the piece. One may not be able to see their own reflection, but close enough they can see the reflection of their own skin color. Even though the characters in the piece are Caucasian of European decent, each figure was painted a different color to represent the many different ethnicities, hoping that they see themselves and their families in the work. The Family is 'tied' together with a red ribbon inscribed with words that link families together which weaves through the different generations represented."