Vicki, Owen, and Wyn with Ezra, Phineas, Gus, and Leafbone

A woman in a floral dress with short hair leans on a column next to a seated young man in glasses wearing a woven cap while an older man in orange flannel, cargo shorts and a cap all stand in front of a VIctorian style home on the front porch holding cats while another looks on from inside the pink framed screen door.

Vicki: “This quarantine period has allowed me the time to really focus on the animal rescue work that I feel passionately about. With shelters throughout the state being greatly understaffed or closed to the public, the need has been tremendous. I’ve focused on working with Halfway Home Rescue Ky. This is an amazing organization that is doing life saving work with their foster and TNR programs. I’m really excited about their new, innovative program called The Working Cat Project, where feral/community cats are trapped, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and transitioned to a safe barn, warehouse, or other working placement for a mutually beneficial and happy partnership.

(Pictured with us are Ezra, Gus, and Phineas. These are my current Rescue fosters and will be the 56th kittens that I have been able to place into loving and permanent homes.)

Our son Owen will be entering his senior year at STEAM Academy. Music is a huge part of his life and he looks forward to being able to return to his piano and guitar lessons in person. For now, he’s continuing his guitar lessons with David McLean via ZOOM.”

Wyn: “I obviously can’t bring home any monkeys or chimps from The Primate Rescue Center; in fact I can’t even volunteer on-site like I’ve been doing each week for the past few years. I miss my primate friends there, both human and non, and am trying to help in any way I can from home. We promised these guys a safe place to live out the rest of their lives, and we’re doing our best to keep that promise.”

Audio Transcript

My name is Wyn Morris and I’ve lived in Lexington since the day I was born.

I’d like to live in an America where everyone isn’t always so certain that they are right, an America where we can enthusiastically admit when we are wrong and freely change our minds about everything from death metal to climate change. Maybe it’s all not just noise. An America where we listen more than we talk and we see far beyond our immediate surroundings. An America where sometimes the answer to a question is “I don’t know.” An America where we are not afraid to learn something new every single day and where we try to read an occasional book written by someone who doesn’t look or sound just like us. That’s the America I’d like to live in. Also, apparently, an America full of cute kittens.

Lexington in the Time of COVID-19 is an artwork about people practicing social distancing at a time of a deadly virus. And also offering kindness.

Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova capture photographs at the periphery of American culture, where drag queens, discarded couches, and abandoned motel signs exist.