Voices from SIGS: Supporting the Epidemic Fight through Art II

Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, many have devoted themselves and contributed their valuable skills to contain and develop solutions against the virus.

In light of recent events, Master of Fine Art students from Tsinghua SIGS and other interested students have created art pieces with the aims to bring positivity and support efforts against the novel coronavirus. Guided by Professor Huang Wei and Program Manager Wen Xueyuan, students worked hard and completed their artwork in just 3 days. Their diverse and creative contributions help spread positive energy to overcome the epidemic.


Fortune? Misfortune?

Huang Wei (Tsinghua SIGS Professor, Ph.D. Advisor, Director of the Institute of Design Arts)

In traditional Chinese culture, bats are often drawn around the word "福" (luck) to symbolize unity, harmony and happiness. However, this circle of harmony is broken when humans start to capture and consume bats. The colors on this poster are also significant, as red symbolizes fortune, black for misfortune, and yellow for warning. By designing a word that looks like "福" and "祸" at the same time, the poster highlights how fortune can turn into misfortune, serving as a reminder for us to respect nature, and also to live in harmony with it.



Han Meihuan (Open FIESTA Master's in Internet + Innovative Design), Wen Xueyuan (Manager of General Affairs, Tsinghua SIGS Master of Fine Arts Program)

During the epidemic, face masks provides us protection, just like a shield against viruses.


White Bird

Yang Tianjing, Master of Fine Arts

The white bird in the poster represents selfless medical staff who are fighting on the front lines of the epidemic. Once the flying bird passes through the woman’s body, she gradually recovers. With the help of these doctors and nurses, we will soon overcome the epidemic!


Spring is on the way

Zhang Junyi, Master of Fine Arts

Using a face mask in place of a window, the poster implies that the epidemic will eventually be over, and that spring will arrive soon.


The Return of Spring

Zhang Xin, Master of Fine Arts

Spring is here when yellow rapeseed flowers blossom in the fields. It is the time of the year when nature promises new hope and new beginnings. The two men in the poster are medical workers who are committed and serving on the frontlines to heal the sick. Let us not lose faith in this fight against the epidemic, because spring is almost here!


Tan Ge, Master of Fine Arts

With the country resuming work and people travelling from their hometowns, there is a possibility that the virus might spread. The animated gif is an analogy for the movement of people as daily life resumes, and also acts as a reminder for us to wear a mask when commuting, shopping or doing outdoor activities.


Waiting for you to come home

Liu Wenlong, Open FIESTA Master’s in Internet + Innovative Design

Liu Haiyan, a nurse serving at a hospital in the center of the epidemic could only hug her 9-year-old daughter from a distance to prevent cross infection. Seeing her daughter cry, Liu said, “I will come back after defeating the virus.” This is a true portrayal of many front-line workers who are fighting the epidemic. Stay strong! We are waiting for you to come back home!


Wuhan stay strong!

Du Ying, Open FIESTA Master’s in Internet + Innovative Design

The Yangtze River Bridge and cherry blossoms symbolize Wuhan. Sunshine represents success and hope. The poster brings out the message that as long as we take all precautions, our collective efforts will help fight the epidemic. Wuhan stay strong! We will patiently wait for the cherry blossoms to bloom, and also wish for everyone’s good health.



Tang Huiwen, Master of Fine Arts

Behind the old and dusty window are large, green leaves. The hand in the poster belongs to doctors who are serving on the frontlines. These medical workers "dust away" deadly viruses and are saving the lives of many people.



Tang Huiwen, Master of Fine Arts

Dawn is just around the corner. Let us stay hopeful!

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Artwork provided by students and staff

Edited by Karen Lee