"CELLO(2)" builds off of a history of painters depicting subjects of other creative vocations, specifically the musician, and it is also an expansion of my work that uses contemporary abstracted figures to express cultural phenomena and motifs. In this painting I'm reflecting the changes in how we experience art and music through the Covid-19 era. Music and art, through COVID, has become a place of necessary respite rather than something that is taken for granted as an expectation of daily life. The figure is consumed by their playing, completely and blissfully ignorant to the presence of anything else. The intimacy of the composition reflects the intimacy that music has acquired through quarantining. The figure comprises the entire composition even going beyond the borders of the painting. Our gaze is consumed only by the figure and the cello. Similarly music has taken on this level of intimacy by no longer touting large crowds at concerts or music halls, instead it is quietly and closely consumed in earbuds or a domestic space. This leaves only the musician as an intimate participant in our life as we abandon all other musical rituals and environments. The brick wall behind the subject suggests the closeness of this setting and the little space between us and the media we have consumed this past year.