Nkolika Okoye


Class of: 2024

Major: Strategic Design and Management BBA

Medium: Sculpture

Faculty: Barbara A. Friedman

Prompt: For this assignment, we had to use Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne’s book 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design as inspiration for a visual design project and presentation that demonstrated our understanding and interests.

In today’s world, surgical masks and disposable gloves have become a part of everyday life. No one knows when this pandemic will end, and some say it will never truly be over.

My piece is inspired by the reading from the assignment covering pastiche. I took inspiration from Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, in order to comment on COVID-19. In The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo, God and Adam’s hands almost touching creates a sense of anticipation as the audience is left to wonder what will happen once their hands finally do touch. I wanted to translate that similar feeling into my piece. In my piece, waiting for the hands to finally touch is supposed to evoke the anticipation of the world waiting for some sign as to when life will be safe to truly live again.

I created the sculpture using plaster sheets, mod podge, newspaper, and surgical gloves.