Online exhibition capturing The Saint Illustration Team's responses to COVID-19.
The last few months have forced everyone into a new landscape, sparking a plethora of different situations and emotions that have completely reshaped our outlooks as individuals and as a community. The Saint Illustration Team have captured their responses to COVID-19 in this online exhibition.
Sarah Knight, Deputy Illustration Editor
‘The ruling emotion of lockdown? No matter how many new hobbies you undertook and distractions you found over lockdown, you cannot say you didn’t have a day spent looking like this.”
Maya Marie, outgoing Illustration Chief
“Lockdown provided me with the first period in the last five years where I actually had no obligations. As such, I enjoyed pastimes I loved as a teenager, bringing me back to simpler times, allowing me to grow personally with the re-shifted focus on myself. This series is an ode to those activities.”
“Inspired by Mirò’s abstract compositions, I sought to illustrate the events and atmosphere of 2020. On the left, the jagged line represents the March Economic crash and the probable impending crash. In the top right, there is the near black hole that was discovered earlier this year. The Trump/Pence race is also split between the left and right corners. In the bottom left, there is a brief reference to Brexit though it has been rather sidelined by the far more noticeable corona virus. The little stars dotted around the place make reference to China either through the virus, the Hong Kong protests or the breakdown in relations with the USA. The background on which all this sits represents both the wildfires that have destroyed so much, arguably one of the greatest problems this year has faced, but also the general tone of 2020.”
‘Regardless or race, nationality or wealth, Covid is something that has and will continue to affect our human race, and only together will we overcome it, this is what I have tried to visualise in a simple way within my illustration’
Edward Emery, Deputy Illustration Editor
Earlier in the year, as society began to acclimate itself to the new normal of the pandemic, we quickly had to learn one of the most crucial steps towards curbing the spread of COVID-19, “social distancing”. Health experts recommend that two meters (6ft) be maintained between persons to minimise the chances of transmission, but what does that look like? Distances can be hard to visualise, and I thought it was quite presumptive of the medical community to issue these guidelines as if we all walk around with tape measures and metre sticks on our person. So, out of a burning desire for more clarity, I decided to produce a series of drawings that utilise common household objects to show what adequate social distancing looks like. I hope you find them helpful.