Pandemic Spring

Pandemic Spring is a visual diary of the Coronavirus pandemic, inspired by the contrast between the grim record of coronavirus cases and deaths and the beautiful, life-affirming signs of spring everywhere in nature.

Each work consists of a watercolour & pencil drawing (and a few collages)  on top of an A4 printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in 8 countries on the day of the drawing. 

The source of the graphs was coronavirusgraphs.com (now offline) which used data from John Hopkins CSSE

All the way through April Alke did daily drawings as part of 12o Collective's 30Works30Days challenge. She then continued the diary on a weekly basis until 21 June, the first day of summer. 

The full Pandemic Spring diary  was exhibited at PontArte Gallery, Maastricht from 7 November to 12 December 2020, alongside with Alke's earlier visual diary,  Birds of America  (2010/12).

A set of postcards showing 20 pages of the diary is available from the artist (shipment to UK) or the PontArte online shop (all other destinations).

Pandemic Summer, 21 June - Oriental Poppy
Pandemic Summer, 21 June - Oriental Poppy

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 9 countries as of 21 June 6 AM - Private Collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 20 June 2020 - Globe Thistle
Pandemic Spring, 20 June 2020 - Globe Thistle

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 9 countries as of 20 June 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 14 June 2020 - Cherry
Pandemic Spring, 14 June 2020 - Cherry

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 9 countries as of 14 June 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 7 June 2020 - Lavaterra
Pandemic Spring, 7 June 2020 - Lavaterra

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 9 countries as of 7 June 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 31 May - Blackberry and Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Pandemic Spring, 31 May - Blackberry and Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 9 countries as of 31 May 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 27 May: Climbing Iceberg
Pandemic Spring, 27 May: Climbing Iceberg

Digital collage of artist's photo and printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 9 countries as of 27 May 2020 6 AM Edition of 15

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Pandemic Spring, 23 May 2020 - Chives
Pandemic Spring, 23 May 2020 - Chives

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 9 countries as of 23 May 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 16 May 2020 - Russian Comfrey
Pandemic Spring, 16 May 2020 - Russian Comfrey

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 16 May 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 9 May 2020 - Rose
Pandemic Spring, 9 May 2020 - Rose

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 9 May 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 4 May 2020 - Lily of the Valley
Pandemic Spring, 4 May 2020 - Lily of the Valley

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 4 May 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 30 April 2020 - Iris
Pandemic Spring, 30 April 2020 - Iris

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 30 April 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 29 April 2020 - Hawthorn
Pandemic Spring, 29 April 2020 - Hawthorn

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 29 April 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 28 April 2020 - Tulip
Pandemic Spring, 28 April 2020 - Tulip

Digital collage of William Morris' 1875 Tulip design and printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 3 April 6 AM Edition of 15

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Pandemic Spring, 27 April 2020 - Dandelion & Honeybee
Pandemic Spring, 27 April 2020 - Dandelion & Honeybee

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 27 April 6 AM - Private collection -

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PandemicSpring, 26 April 2020 - Rhubarb Chard
PandemicSpring, 26 April 2020 - Rhubarb Chard

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 26 April 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 25 April 2020  - Bluebell
Pandemic Spring, 25 April 2020 - Bluebell

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 25 April 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 24 April 2020 - Bindweed
Pandemic Spring, 24 April 2020 - Bindweed

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 24 April 6 AM - Private collection -

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Pandemic Spring, 22 April 202 Speedwell
Pandemic Spring, 22 April 202 Speedwell

Digital collage of embroidery done by the artist's mother and graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 22 April 6 AM Edition of 15

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Pandemic Spring, 21 April 2020 - Dead Nettle
Pandemic Spring, 21 April 2020 - Dead Nettle

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 21 April 6 AM

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PandemicSpring, 20 April 2020 - Apple
PandemicSpring, 20 April 2020 - Apple

Watercolour & pencil on printout of graphs showing total confirmed coronavirus cases & deaths in 8 countries as of 20 April 6 AM - Private collection -

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