by Loriot J Moujing

At the beginning of the year 2020, the World Health Organisation declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and a pandemic. As of December 2020, more than 75 million reported cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.6 million reported deaths worldwide as a result of COVID-19.

Among the highly recommended preventive measures that we need to resolve to are social distancing, wearing face masks, and hand washing.

According to these recommendations, everyone the age of 2 and above should wear a mask in public settings, and when they are around people who do not live in the same household.

One must wear a mask when caring for someone who is infected with COVID-19, whether at home or in a non-healthcare setting. If one is, or is suspecting to be, infected with COVID-19, one must wear a mask when needing to be around other people or animals, even in one’s own home.

Many landmark places have been lit or painted blue as part of a global movement to show appreciation towards healthcare workers and other frontliners battling the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, within the context of this work, this blue is used for its association with the medical profession.

With such resolve and determination, our collective efforts will form the barrier that we need to protect us from this pandemic.

Loriot started mural painting as a hobby, in 2019 at the age of 57. Through artistic self-expression and experimentation, he learned to design and paint 3D optical illusions on walls.

This was his first attempt at depicting the human face. He just might do more.