Originally from Kenya and currently living in South Africa, I am an artist whose main focus is drawing and painting. I am also a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand studying immunology and development of vaccines at the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA). As a child, I loved both science and art and my dream was to create beautiful works of art that people could enjoy as well as develop cures for challenging diseases. Art and science projects help me merge my two passions together. They present a wonderful opportunity to create art pieces that will tell the stories, facts and fears of the COVID-19 pandemic to future generations.
My artwork depicts the overwhelming situation frontline healthcare workers faced during the peak of the pandemic. Healthcare workers are our modern-day heroes as they are constantly exposed to COVID-19 and risk their lives to save those that are infected. Doctors are facing mental, physical, and emotional strain from long working hours, having challenges in acquiring PPE, being at high risk of infection, and potentially even taking the infection back to their families. There are constant messages to stay home as a way to help our healthcare workers so that health institutions can bear the infection rate. Despite all this, our healthcare workers still remain strong.
Name: Vicky Gent