In today’s program, we would like to share with you some inspiring and stunning visual pieces created by artists around the world in response to the pandemic. Mumbai-based artist, Dhruvi Acharya, created a series of pieces that depict her thoughts and worries related to COVID-19. Her watercolor paintings portray a socially distant and masked human existence, the courage of healthcare workers and the travails of migrant laborers. Dhruvi Acharya says, “I hope we all understand we need to prioritize health, family, the lives of other creatures, nature, science, and education above weapons, war, religious fanaticism, mindless development, and production. And I hope we will pay heed to scientists’ warnings about the climate change that will affect all of humanity and learn to value our earth, or else we will keep suffering in a constant cycle of disasters and diseases.”
In addition to creating pieces that reflect daily living, artists also pay tribute to healthcare workers. In China, artist Shu Yong created a series of paintings that are currently on exhibition at the Hunan Provincial Museum. The exhibition, titled Tribute to Heroes, seeks to honor the medical staff and ordinary people who contributes to the fight against the coronavirus. Shu Yong says, “Each of these paintings is a tribute to the medic personnel who are fighting on the frontlines against the virus, saving thousands. Eventually, I will donate these paintings to these heroes.”
When it comes to lessons learned during the pandemic, there have been reflections on urgent issues such as climate change and the depletion of resources. French Designer, Nicholas Abdelkader, created a photoshopped series of pictures called “The Urgency to Slow Down,” envisioning a future where nature merges with civilization. He created this green future by adding trees and shrubs on top of planes, cars, tanks and even a space rocket, reimagining symbols of energy consumption into something more beneficial for the environment. Mr. Abdelkader said, “I would like people to be able to question their 'current' place in the world, their relationship to nature and the impact of their decisions -- especially on consumption -- on ... biodiversity in its entirety. Yes, planet Earth is sick. Yes, it's scary. But to heal it and heal us too, I believe that more than ever we need joyful perspectives and positive messages to help us be collectively creative.” We thank all the artists for sharing their work to kindle life and inspire thought. We wish art continues to promote positive change, creating lasting peace on Earth.