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  • Mixed-media digital collage
  • 18 inches wide, 24 inches high

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Graphic Design, Pandemic, Digital Collage


Art and Design | Graphic Design


The main message of my digital collage is to learn from history. My focus was to depict how actions from the pandemic of 1918 are being repeated in 2020 and are contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. I was inspired by this quote from famous writer Alex Haley: “Unless we learn from history, we are destined to repeat it. This is no longer merely an academic exercise, but may contain our world’s fate and destiny.”

Like in the 1918 pandemic, 2020 has anti-mask groups and large gatherings taking place, despite what health officials have recommended. In reference to Alex Haley’s quote, if people do not learn from these actions, this current pandemic has the power to devastate the world even more than it already has.

In my work you will find a variety of handmade and digital elements from drawings to magazine clippings, tea-stained paper, and photos. A main element of my collage is a masked drawing of myself. Half of me is drawn in graphite and made to look like I am from 1918. The other half was created with colored pencils and resembles the current version of myself. The mask I am wearing depicts both years 1918 and 2020 to set the scene of these two moments in history.

I hope my collage will make people see the bigger picture of both pandemics and consider how their actions are affecting the current situation.

Cayley King: 1918 & 2020 Pandemic Poster



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