On May 27th, an asymptomatic case was reported in Chancheng District, Foshan. As a new wave of pandemic came, Guangzhou and Foshan have conducted mass nucleic acid testings, and people from all walks of life have united together in the battle against COVID-19.
Recently, Chen Zhijie, a young artist living in Foshan was touched by what he had seen during the mass nucleic acid testings in Chancheng. He spent five days creating a drawing that depicts scenes of nucleic acid testings, where real-life details were creatively captured through hand drawing.
The work has received massive publicity including several national media such as People’s Daily, Xinhua News, China National Radio and China Daily. At Weibo, the topic #A 90s-born artist created drawings of mass COVID testing# has collected over 28.63 million views. On overseas social media platforms, Hua Chunying and Zhao Lijian, spokespersons of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have liked and reposted the amazing artwork. It has attracted more international recognition.
The drawing was presented on a scroll with 1.37m in length and 0.75m in width. As cohesive to the classic "Riverside Scene at Qingming Festival" in expressive techniques, the work is rich in content and full of details. It incorporated the most iconic landmarks in Foshan - Xiqiao Mountain, Foshan Ancestral Temple, Lingnan Pearl Stadium, Foshan West Railway Station and more. At the same time, the audiences can see details of various characters at nucleic acid testing sites - residents wearing masks that wait in line, medical workers in protective suits, volunteers in their red vests, fully equipped disinfecting workers and journalists with flashing cameras. Roughly, 340 characters can be found in this drawing.
Interestingly, a lot of moving scenes are included in the drawing. For example, many medical staff lay down on chairs or curled up at the table simply because they were too tired; CPC party members volunteered to maintain the order on testing sites.
Based on the style of traditional Chinese painting, Chen Zhijie has also experimented with film montage techniques to outline characters in light ink and depict buildings in darker ink. In this way, elements can be presented in different “layers” so that the work can tell a modern story in an antique style. Reportedly, Chen Zhijie woke up every day at 8 a.m. to start his creation till midnight for 5 days before the work was brought to life.
Chen Zhijie said: “For one, the painting was crafted to capture the memories in the city’s fight against the epidemic; for another, it is hoped to remind everyone to stay alert during this pandemic.”
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