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    Artshot – Maskerade

    By Abby Zimberg–

    I discovered, on Market Street between Sanchez and Church, a wall display of images from contemporary artist Kate Tova’s Maskerade series created in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact was unfolding. The series, featuring recognizable figures such as Snoop Dogg, Marilyn Monroe, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Audrey Hepburn, Vincent Van Gogh, and many more, uses flamboyant multimedia masks on black and white portraits.

    Tova said, of her series: “I used a comically broad range of multimedia including amethyst geodes, disassembled Mac parts, paper butterflies, hand-made brooches, golf leaf, feathers, and much more. The series represents a moment in time and transforms a depressing symbol of pandemic life into something extravagant and celebratory.”

    To review the entire collection, which also includes images of Harvey Milk, Elton John, Keith Haring, and Dolly Parton, visit

    Abby Zimberg is a licensed California Marriage Family Therapist with training in art therapy. She formerly worked as a graphic designer and has always been a photographer.

    Published on February 10, 2022