By now the pandemic is affecting all our lives. The majority of the countries in the world are in quarantine, stores are closed, museums are on lock down and restaurants and bars aren’t to be used. But that’s nothing compared to the struggle of people who are actually infected by and the hard work of the man and woman in health care who are battling this deadly virus day and night.

THE CORONA-VIRUS VS ART

So, how does art fit into all this? Well, in the same way art touches our daily lives as always; by sending a message. A lot of artists are using their talents to talk about the corona-virus. They create paintings to highlight the struggle of being quarantined and illustrate the importance of proper hygiene.

ART & COVID 19
Stay Safe by Masha Lam

This painting might look rather innocent at first glance, but the message is actually quite powerful. Just look at the facial impression of the rodent on the left. He is troubled, but still doing the right thing; disinfecting his hand (paws, if you want to be precise). In my opinion this a very good illustrating of the struggles that normal people are going through. Nobody is happy about being stuck at home, but we now its the right thing to do. We don’t want to wash our hands 20 times a day, but we know we have to to keep ourselves and the people around us safe.

NEW ARTSY INITIATIVES: BRINGING ART TO LIVE

The lock down in many countries also inspired a lot of creative ideas. This might be because people want to compensate for the fact that all museums are closed. Another explanation might be that people are just getting bored out of their minds. Let’s just leave it in the middle. One of those creative ideas is from a Dutch woman. She literally brought art to live.

ART AND COVID-19
courtesy of @tussenkunstenquarantaine

This now world famous Instagram account started out as a joke. The woman in question challenged here friend to imitate a famous work of art by using 3 items from home. She posted the result on Instagram and the rest is history. All over the world people are writing about it and, more importantly, all over the world people are enjoying this cultural challenge.

THE POWER OF ART: HELPING HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL PUSH THROUGH

The corona-virus is tough on all of us, but it’s especially tough on the health care professionals who are working over time to take care of all the people infected by it. They are working day and night to care for those who have gotten ill and are fighting for their lives. Being a nurse might just be the toughest job in the world right now.

Although art will not safe lives, it can help to do so. This might sound as a grotesque overstatement, but I beg the differ. Art is helping those nurses, doctors and volunteers to stay strong and keep doing what they are doing. Just have look at the initiative of Amplify Art.

Amplify art is using art to bring hope and support to those working day and night in hospitals all round the US. Artists are donating their work and the results are just amazing.

ART PROVIDING SOME HOPE IN TIMES OF STRUGGLE

Let’s be clear, art by itself will not save a life. Someone who is fighting against a deadly virus won’t be saved by a painting. However, you should not underestimate the power of art. Especially in times of struggle. Art can unite, bring hope and give strength to those indeed.

Just look at the awesome and extraordinary initiatives during this pandemic; spreading the importance of proper hygiene, children dressing up as Van Gogh to have some distracting and fun whilst learning about culture and nurses, doctors and volunteers being told that there hard work is not going unnoticed.

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