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Dr Pest: Pandemic Reports Print

Newton Scheufler


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2020, the year of the Coronavirus pandemic ... thousands of dead ... quarantine, isolation, confinement, loneliness, solitude, madness, depression, crisis ... the spaces of coexistence are reduced. Only the most intimate. Large public spaces are empty. Medicine and science hesitate undecided. Political and economic interests override the existence of individuals. Death hovers. Meanwhile, the artists transform loneliness into solitude (the pleasure of being alone) and produce. Every work of art produced in this period is an artistic chronicle about these dark times. This picture speaks of this, loneliness, solitude, pestilence and artistic creation. In the seventeenth century, during the epidemics of bubonic plague that swept western Europe, plague doctors (who exclusively treated the infected) took to wearing a very different kind of costume to protect them from the miasma, or “bad air”, then believed to carry disease. This fanciful-looking costume typically consisted of a head-to-toe leather or wax-canvas garment; large crystal glasses; and a long snout or bird beak, containing aromatic spices (such as camphor, mint, cloves, and myrrh), dried flowers (such as roses or carnations), or a vinegar sponge. The strong smells of these items — sometimes set aflame for added advantage — were meant to combat the contagious miasma that the costume itself could not protect against.

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Print:Giclee on Canvas

Size:21 W x 14 H x 1.25 D in

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