Social distancing experiences expressed in social media
Recognizing the uncertainty and anxiety student might be feeling with the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancelling of in-person classes, Graphic Design Program Professor Leif Peng determined to give his first-year Graphic Design students an opportunity to express themselves about the crisis.
“Having not seen my two classes of first years, missing them and feeling concerned about their wellbeing, I decided to revise their final assignment,” said Professor Peng. “I proposed that we create an Instagram public service campaign called "Coping with COVID-19". I asked them to write a paragraph about how they are (or are not) coping with the pandemic, school, work, family life, etc. And then create a piece of art related to what they're currently experiencing.”
“It was a revelatory exercise,” Peng admitted. “Many pieces revealed deeply personal feelings and situations I had no idea about. Some of it is funny, some sad, some very moving writing and art - and all of it very honest and beautiful.”
The works seem to be a good reflection of the wide variety of emotions people across the community, and around the world, have experienced during this global pandemic.