An illustration created about how everyone from around the world may have to be ready to live with COVID-19 being omnipresent and as part of the fabric of society and how we must unfortunately, fight to live with this horrible virus being among us moving forward into the future.
This work created during the late summer season of 2020 is part of a broader engagement of illustrations that take on critical perspectives about the world around us. At OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada during mid-March of 2020, art & design students, fellow instructors, and staff have been and are still currently coping with the difficult challenges caused by COVID-19 during the spring season of 2021; finishing classes and assignments, while coping with the stress and fear of a pandemic. Like a horror film that is dreadfully real, people continue to die and live in fear all over the world. COVID-19 possesses an insurmountable myriad of unknowns that have us fighting for our lives and livelihoods as we transition to new ways of being.
The illustration I created tries to capture the feelings I’ve had since the end of the Winter term and the realization that everyone around the world is living in many different ways with COVID-19. It now makes up the fabric of many societies.
In relation to completing the final term at OCAD University, each scene & situation depicted in the illustration suggests that the community that is OCAD U and the entire world too of course, will undergo major changes, unimaginable before the pandemic. The illustration also possesses a compelling positive energy scene-by-scene as it expresses how love and desire for connection and engagement is so much more precious now than in pre-COVID-19 times.