Quarantine Zine

Early in the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, people were looking for connection and ways to express where their heads and hearts were. Quarantine Zine was started by Dominic Arye on Instagram to provide a venue for artists and designers to do both.

Dom’s stated goal was, “to give creative people space to contribute to a black and white only feed as an outlet in these uncertain times…”@quarantinezineto

I joined in, creating drawings with pencil, pen, paint, and old Letraset that I scanned and altered. I made eight images from two original source drawings. The images were assembled in two grids but were presented on Instagram one at a time.

The images are dark, chaotic, cryptic. We knew so little at that point and everyone was afraid but we also didn’t yet know how deeply all of our lives were going to change in the coming weeks, months, and years.

Below are the full drawings in black and white — they were digitally inverted for the final images.