Covid Playing Cards
During the Covid-19 lockdown, having a lot of extra time on my hands, I took to editing videos and creating new art work.
The project I present here are my Covid Collage Cards, themed with the images of masks worn on Italy during the bubonic plague.
The cardboard playing cards are 20x28 cm -- 8x10 inches, created with collage technique.
The largest plague epidemic was the Black Death in Europe in the 14th century. The large losses of people in a town created an economic disaster, so community plague doctors were considered quite valuable and were given special privileges; for example, plague doctors were freely allowed to perform autopsies to research a cure for the plague. Some plague doctors wore a special costume. The garments were invented by Charles de L'Orme in 1630 and were first used in Naples, but later spread to be used throughout Europe. The protective suit consisted of a light, waxed fabric overcoat, a mask with glass eye openings and a beak shaped nose, typically stuffed with herbs, straw, and spices.
The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the now-obsolete miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection.
Plague doctors would also commonly carry a cane to examine and direct patients without the need to make direct contact with them.
The scented materials included juniper berry, ambergris, roses (Rosa), mint (Mentha spicata L.) leaves, camphor, cloves, labdanum, myrrh, and storax. Due to the primitive understanding of disease at the time, it was believed this suit would sufficiently protect the doctor from miasma while tending to patients. (Wikipedia)