Artists worldwide respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, channeling their creativity.
Sharing their artworks on digital platforms, namely Instagram, from Sara Shakeel to CB Hoyo and others, they use art as a conduit to spread practical and positive messages: stay home, stay safe, wash your hands, take care of your mental and physical health, and importantly, be thankful to the medical experts.
‘Wash your hands’ by Sara Shakeel: “This artwork is a direct interpretation of what I was actually doing! I had to convince myself everyday after every interaction I had that I had to go to the bathroom and wash my hands. The routine was more intense and while I was washing my hands, i actually imagined the foamy lather sparkling, making me smile and enjoying the whole process.
Most of my artworks are a direct representation of my emotions and feelings, I just had to create what I imagined and share it with the world! I mean whenever i wash my hands, I have a huge smile on my face, sometimes a simple piece of art is just the right amount of reminder we need in our lives!”
Little did I know sharing it with the world would be such a success in terms of spreading awareness! A simple message with such a huge impact in peoples lives, serves my purpose, and the very reason i create art in the first place.
‘Thank you’ by Dude with Sign: This sign says it all. Thank you to all the doctors, nurses and medical staff.
‘Stay home, stay safe and stay sane’ by Sammy Slabbinck: “I think and hope that we will finally and forcefully figure out and reconsider what makes us sain humans and what really matters. It seems that it’s not things that you can buy in bulk…”
‘Panic’ by CB Hoyo: “It’s crazy how this virus has people panic buying and hoarding toilet paper(something that my mind can’t understand) . People need to stop panicking, panic only brings chaos and makes things worse. So I used the hottest and most sold out item of the season to spread my message, maybe people will get the message if it’s on toilet paper.”
‘Supermarket Fights’ by Dot Pigeon: With this piece I’m enlightening the contrast between what is happening in the real world out there and the online one. We see people fighting in supermarkets to get toilet papers, while on Instagram the most seen gifs are about happiness, good vibes and hugs. It seems there’s no correlation between the two worlds, so I decided to depict them together.
‘Self-Company’ by Nina Cosford: This is an illustration I made about self-isolating and being indoors during these strange times. Activities include (dodgy) attempts at craft and baking, spying on the neighbours and finally reaching the bottom of the laundry pile! I try to use humour in my work to tackle themes that can be daunting, troubling or sensitive – to remind people that they are not alone and that we’re in these experiences together.
‘NHS we love you’ by Elmo Hood: I wanted to make a piece in support of our amazing and hard working NHS staff. I painted one of my ghost pieces using turquoise colours around the head similar to a medical face mask with a simple blue NHS heart in the corner to show how much we love them.