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- Mixed-media digital collage
- 18 inches wide, 24 inches high
coronavirus, Spanish flu, collage, pandemic
Art and Design | Graphic Design
Parker, Grace, "Grace Parker: 1918 & 2020 Pandemic Poster" (2020). COVID-19 Graphic Design: Posters. 3.
This collage represents the isolation and anxiety that comes with being in quarantine. I wanted to create a poster that brings a feeling of loneliness and overwhelming thoughts. To connect the Spanish flu pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, I included a diary excerpt from a person in quarantine at that time. I placed myself in the bottom right corner with no color and no life. I made a big swoosh of bright-colored shapes to represent the paralyzing and unique emotions I felt throughout the days stuck in my house. There were waves of happiness, sadness, fear, boredom, hopelessness, and more.
I wanted the collage to be vibrant and loud, much like the feelings that I felt. I included an image of a spiral to replicate being hypnotized by the media every day.
My process started with a completely different concept, and I eventually realized that I wasn't passionate about it and needed to make a collage about something that was personal to me. I started journaling about what I felt in quarantine. I found ways to relate to those who experienced the same thing in 1918.
One of my favorite elements of the piece is the word "alone" written and scanned in. Before this project, I had no experience in Photoshop, so trying to introduce myself to the program was the hardest part.