Current Location:
IDC Collection Storage -> Temp. 333 Michigan Storage
Location Notes:
IDC; 333 Michigan Speed Pack K

Hero

Artwork
Identifier:
2021.17.3
Artist:
Harriet Salmon
Credit:
GVSU Collection
Medium:
Poster
Date:
2020
Dimensions:
Artworks -
Description:
Colorful poster of a nurse wearing a mask with COVID particles around her face. "HERO" is spelled out around her. Red crosses in the background.
Historical Context:
During the COVID pandemic, New York state had the most known infections of an US state by a large margin. During the epidemic, Elizabeth Jaeger, a Brooklyn-based artist, and Cady Chaplin, a nurse at Manhattan's Lenox Hill Hospital were reached out to more than 85 artists to create posters of gratitude and encouragement to appear in intensive care units in New York Hospitals. The posters range from simple doodles, to watercolor images to elaborate graphic designs, but each one brings a sense of support and appreciation. On the project Chaplin states, "Nurses have been saying that it's really nice to be able to take a moment and look at something beautiful...Some have said that it's calming and others have said that the colors really cheer them up." After seeing the enthusiastic response, Jaeger set up a public Google Drive, making all of the posters freely available to anyone. Since then, other hospitals around the country have used them in their own facilities. This poster was designed by Harriet Salmon, a New York based artist who works with sculpture, drawing, weaving and photography. She also hosts her own podcast called "Craftsmanship."