ARTIST: MIRIEK JANSEN VAN RENSBURG
COUNTRY: SOUTH AFRICA
MATERIALS USED: ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR, ADOBE PHOTOSHOP

Flatten the curve, not the love.

How has the pandemic affected Society or life as we know it? 

South-Africa has a variety of different socio-economic levels. Not all families experience social-distancing in the same way. While many of us support the lockdown because we can afford to, not everyone in this country is privileged enough to have this luxury. Most families are struggling because they have lost their main source of income due to the lockdown.

Some people who are fortunate enough to be able to work from home makes use of this time to focus on themselves or spend time with family. The majority of people struggle with challenging circumstances in their homes. People who can’t afford to eat or pay for essentials, like electricity. Others are stuck in abusive and toxic home environments.

My illustration focuses on the idea of every family and individual experiencing lockdown differently and that we all need to be kind to one another. Everyone needs to have some empathy and try to understand and be supportive of each other. No one can know for certain what others are going through- with or without a mask. We must flatten the curve, not the love.