Discarded COVID-19 masks turn into art in new exhibit in Vancouver

A new exhibit by a Vancouver fine art photographer shines a light on the amount of trash being produced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global pandemic by Michelle Leone Huisman will be presented at The Dal Schindell Gallery from March 2 to April 10. The exhibition presents a collection of art photographs centered around discarded fabrics and medical masks collected by the artist.

“Over the past year, I have (safely) collected only a fraction of the masks I have seen on the streets and sidewalks. They are everywhere,” Huisman said in a statement. artist.” Some are probably the ones that people have lost, although I suspect a lot of them are the ones that people just threw out on the street.

“As I discovered more children’s masks on the streets and sidewalks in the spring of 2021, inspiration struck. I found myself contemplating the hopeful, playful and rejuvenating side of spring contrasting with the scourge of this pandemic waste. – abandoned children’s masks nestled among a patch of daisies, a bouquet of buttercups, a bed of grass.

“By pairing the darker side of these two pandemics with playful childhood themes, I hope to unveil the collective consciousness that connects the health of our planet to the health of our children.”

Michelle Leone Huisman (Submitted)

According to a study cited by the World Economic Forum, 129 billion disposable masks were used each month during the pandemic. Huisman was inspired to create Global pandemic to start a conversation about the amount of pandemic-related waste created near you and around the world.

“With mandatory mask regulations around the world continuing to be a vital part of our efforts to combat this global pandemic, how we use and dispose of this personal protective equipment has many implications for society today. ‘today, tomorrow and into the future,’” Huisman’s artist statement continued. “As subsequent waves have lingered, I have begun to think more critically about two pandemics. The first and most acute is COVID-19. The second, and more insidious, is the waste we produce in response .

“What are the lasting impacts of our choices today? How do we take ecological risks into account in our health responses? How will these two pandemics affect our children?

Global pandemicThe artworks are named after nursery rhymes and children’s games and combine the ubiquitous masks with backdrops of natural beauty.

Global Pandemic Art

Under A Toadstool_7″ x 9″ (17.78cm x 22.86cm) also available in 20″ x 28″ (50.8cm x 71.12cm)_Tricolor bichromate gum on palladium_2021

Global Pandemic Art

Light as a feather_7” x 9” (17.78cm x 22.86cm) also available in 20” x 28” (50.8cm x 71.12cm)_Tricolor bichromate gum on palladium_2021

Global Pandemic Art

Make A Wish_7″ x 9″ (17.78cm x 22.86cm) also available in 20″ x 28″ (50.8cm x 71.12cm)_Tricolor bichromate gum on palladium_2021

Global Pandemic Art

The cat and the violin_7″ x 9″ (17.78cm x 22.86cm) also available in 20″ x 28″ (50.8cm x 71.12cm)_Tricolor bichromate rubber on palladium_2021

Global Pandemic Art

Litter Bug_26″ x 34″ (66.04cm x 86.36cm) 7″ x 9″ (17.78cm x 22.86cm) – only in box book_Tricolor bichromate gum on palladium_2021

Photographic works of art are printed using a 19th century technique called tricolor gum bichromate on palladium. Each one-of-a-kind image can take up to five days or more to process, but the technique is believed to ensure that the quality of the artwork is maintained for over 500 years.

An artists’ reception is scheduled for March 3 at 6 p.m., and there will also be an artist talk on April 7 at 6 p.m.

Global pandemic

When: March 2 to April 10, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Saturday). Close on Sunday
Or: The Dal Schindell – 5800 University Blvd, Vancouver
Admission: To free

Dora W. Clawson