Covid-19 Art Exhibition
Day 7 Artists
Simon Williams - @kormeleon
This is one of a series of haiku and Tanka written to attempt to relieve some of the mental pressure of the Covid world.
One of a series of haiku and tanka in an attempt to mitigate the crushing effects of Covid life.
Covid Tanka #1 Covid Tanka #2
Kelly Wu - @mothwu/
This was a poem I wrote during lockdown, whilst sitting in my garden. I was going a little crazy from constantly repeating the same day over and over again; I felt like I was in a time loop.
A Spider Crawls Up My Leg!
Carol Wylie - carolwylie.ca @carol.wylie.71
When the lockdown began in mid-March in Canada, there was a proliferation on social media of people making and selling homemade masks, and selfies of people wearing their masks. I am a portrait artist and several things occurred to me: Masks are a symbol of this historic time we are living through, people use masks like clothing, as a way of expressing their personality, and the effectiveness of mask-wearing is dependent upon community; people doing it together in order to protect one another. I started receiving selfies of people in their masks and took up the challenge of finding resemblance and character with only part of the face visible. They are small pieces, powerful together. I plan to continue the project as long as the pandemic lasts in parallel endurance to my community.
O. Yemi Tubi (MOYAT) - o-yemi-tubi.pixels.com
The common words on many Cenotaphs around the
world is “LEST WE FORGET.” Cenotaphs are monuments often erected to commemorate
the heroes of war. The outbreak of the coronavirus produced our unlikely
heroes; our frontline warriors that rose up to the task of defending and saving
many people from death of coronavirus. This painting was done in honour of our
unlikely heroes; As we honour the living, LEST WE FORGET our falling Unlikely
Heroes which is the tittle of this painting.
Lest we forget
Our unlikely heroes
As week by week by our doors’ steps
With hands, pans and pots applauded
As they answered the call of duty
Gallantly like courageous armies,
With People of commonwealth and foreign-born,
With the common purpose to serve and protect,
The Queen and the country they love so dear.
Lest we forget
Our unlikely heroes,
Once Overworked, under paid, under valued
Our only forces of defence still they were
On the evil days of pandemic.
Worn out and tired, still they battled on
With little thought of their own safety.
Separated from their loved ones
To save the lives of many.
Lest We Forget
Kate Walters - katewalters.co.uk katewalters.co.uk/blog
Hong Yane Wang
We are all confined within borders in 2020 as if
we are in a box. In this coded work, the boxes are randomised, just like the
chance of the getting the virus. But the size, colour and animation speed of
the boxes correlate to the UK’s daily Covid case number and the rate of change.
For example, the steeper the increase of cases, the faster the boxes appear.
Shapes that resemble a cross loom in the center from time to time. Over time,
the boxes weave into a complex ghostly pattern. The animation varies day by day
based on the latest covid data.
Because the film industry has been badly affected by the pandemic, I took a long unpaid leave from my job. During this time, I started teaching myself coding. I wanted to use data visualisation in an abstract style to track the pandemic.
This work can be updated on the festival website on a daily basis. I can provide a one minute video for you every evening using the latest data.
It is a very new work and pretty much still a work in progress. I welcome advice and suggestions.
The two sample videos used the data from 4 Oct and 28 Oct.
Sample A: 4 Oct
Same B: 28 Oct
The Covid Box (digital art/video/online)
Jacob Weeks - jacobweeks.com @jacobweeksphoto
Over 150 NHS staff and care workers have lost
their lives to the Coronavirus while caring for the ones we love. Key workers
are risking their lives on a daily basis.
The work is a memorial to those sacrificing their lives on the front line and a reminder for future generations not to forget them. The images are records of the people who have lost their lives to keep us safe. These images speak to us, hold us accountable and force us question our own mortality. When we die we all return to nature.
During the Covid 19 pandemic, we will remember isolation, loss, grief, anxiety, fear, and the weather. The beautiful weather has made the isolation more bearable for some, however it not fit the pandemic, it confuses and conflicts the message.
The images have been made through this period of lockdown, using the ‘chlorophyll process’, a process where you need immense natural light to burn an image onto the leaves. They have been exposed for days or weeks to allow the natural process to occur. The green pigments of the plant will darken accordingly, resulting in a ghostly image on the leaves with a haunting sense of loss.
To remember, recollect, think of, bear in mind
On the Front Line Saving Lives
Ally Zlatar - ally.pb.studio/
In these difficult times, I found that the isolation and beling left alone with my thoughts has proven difficult. It is hard to be alone with one's self. You realize who you are and deeply how much we struggle when alone. This work seeks to find safety and security during the pandemic and reverting to the things we hold dear, like our memories of a more peaceful time.
Sometimes Memories Never Leave Your Bones