Nisenbaum has adapted her practice for these unique times, working with her sitters remotely, using video technology to develop a bond with her participants and paint them from real life. Her subjects are contextualized by elements from their immediate surroundings and the artist will portray the sitters alongside items that gave them support, hope or took a more meaningful purpose through this difficult time, such as pets or musical instruments.
Helen Legg, Director, Tate Liverpool, said: "Nisenbaum sees painting as a political practice and in choosing to paint people who have worked tirelessly in support of others, at a time of heightened physical risk and anxiety she not only celebrates them but also asks us to consider whether as a society we place sufficient value on the critical work that they do. Though Nisenbaum is best known for community portraits she always draws out each individual, spending hours talking to them throughout the process and incorporating aspects of their personality and interests within her paintings. In her paintings every individual is unique and is valued. We hope that this exhibition speaks of the enormous gratitude people in this city feel towards all keyworkers."