The piece, which depicts a nurse
wearing a face mask covered in the words “thank you” in multiple
languages, will be featured on a sheet of stamps encouraging healthy
practices during the time of COVID-19.
Available from the UN Postal
Administration (UNPA), the sheet will be sold beginning July 24 at stamp
dealers around the world, at unstamps.org,
and at the UN headquarters in New York, Geneva and Vienna (when these
offices reopen). Each sheet will include dollar, Swiss Franc and Euro
currencies. A portion of sales will support the UN’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
“This painting is a beautiful, powerful tribute,” said UNPA creative
director Rorie Katz, who selected the winning piece, which came with a
$500 prize. “I was very pleased to find out the artist is a college
student. I had no idea.”
Katz added that she had a strong gut reaction to Fiori’s work — it
brought up her own emotions surrounding the virus and the pride she
feels for a dear friend serving as a hospice nurse.
Which is, perhaps, a nice reminder: Art isn’t merely helping the
students who make it. It’s impacting those lucky enough to encounter it.
For some, despite all the hurt the virus has wrought, that is a reason to celebrate.
“In a lot of ways, this has been a blessing,” said William Deering,
assistant professor of advertising and photographic design. “The virus
has made us do things we wouldn’t normally do. Because of this, I have
students who’ve come alive.”
Article by Diane Stopyra; photos courtesy
of Chiara Fiori, Rachel Goerke, Samantha Ford, Michael Tapia-Gonzales
and the United Nations Postal Administration
Published June 16, 2020