This current body of work began at the start of the pandemic when newly transformed ideas of identity and connection were emerging from our shelter-in-place environs. I began using the mother-and-child imagery to examine my experience as a mother during the pandemic and of my one-year old losing sight in an eye, and the grief and sorrow that I experienced. Though rooted in personal experience, my use of traditional feminine iconography led to a broader focus on women and the impact the pandemic has had on their independence and self-identity. I considered how the health and economic costs of the pandemic--women have disproportionately lost jobs and carried the responsibilities for childcare--intersect with society’s expectations of women as dutiful, nurturing beings. The resulting works explore themes of maternal isolation, devotion and sacrifice, and the pressures of the feminine ideal. The healing nature of the work is found in the notion of the ‘blind visionary’ portrayed in several paintings and born of my desire to see my daughter healed. Through these depictions, I address the delicate maintenance of spiritual levity and selfhood and how the benefits of seeing are illusory. In my work, the blind spots have become places for truth and a source of strength and understanding.