Covid themed artwork painted by nursing student ‘Corona Lisa’To raise money for charity


An artist who has reinterpreted artistic masterpieces to tell the story of the pandemic is a trainee nurse. “Corona Lisa”You can raise funds to support charity.

The striking piece by talented artist Chloe Slevin has Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa dressed in full PPE.

The 21-year-old, a third-year nursing student at University College Dublin, is auctioning off the painting to raise money for Irish Children’s Hospice LauraLynn.

She was inspired by her experiences during a recent placement in a children’s emergency department.

Chloe Slevin is a trainee nurse and holds her Corona Lisa (Brian Lawless/PA).

“PPE has become normal for us and we wear it day in and day out and that’s kind of what inspired the Corona Lisa,” she said.

“I loved this placement, but it was a very difficult period. I experienced my first pediatric cardiac arrest there and it is something you will never forget. You never forget the moment you got that phone call, we ran to put on our PPE and did everything we could.

“It was probably the hardest thing I’ve been through so far, it was an incredibly difficult time. The impact it had on me, I’m still emotional to talk about today. With this painting, I was able to turn to that and use it as my own form of art therapy and a distraction.

“I guess the painting holds a special place for me now because of where it came from and it shows what myself and so many other healthcare staff have been through during Covid.

“You get smothered in PPE and it’s tough. It was a very difficult placement, but I hope one day to find a job there. It’s my dream to work in an emergency department.

Coronavirus u2013 Thu 3 Dec  2020Chloe Slevin with her Covid-themed version of The Separation Of Adam, which she auctioned off to benefit children’s ambulance service Bumbleance (Brian Lawless/PA)PA Archives/PA Images Brian Lawless

The Corona Lisa is Dublin’s most famous student artwork, which he has recreated with a Covid twist.

Earlier in the pandemic, she painted outstretched hands in Michelangelo’s The Parting of Adam with surgical gloves.

This raised 520 euros (£435) for Irish children’s ambulance service Bumbleance.

She also created Girl with a Surgical Mask in a nod to Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.

It raised 400 euros (£335) for the charity Feed the Heroes, which delivered food to hospitals and relief workers at the height of the pandemic.

Ms Slevin says she learned a lot from her course at LauraLynn on palliative care and art therapy for children, and hopes to help her continue her good work.

“It’s such an important charity and the work they do for these families is amazing, so I really want to bring this one to them,” she said.

Coronavirus u2013 Fri May 15, 2020Chloe Slevin in her painting Girl With A Skeletal Mask (Brian Lawless/PA).PA Archives/PA Images Brian Lawless

Cathy White, community fundraising manager at LauraLynn, said art plays an important role in the hospice’s mission to help create memories for families.

“One of the things we always say is that we can’t add days to a child’s life, but we can make those days mean more and we can help families create memories,” she said.

“Art is so important and it really gives our kids, especially those who might be non-verbal, the chance to communicate.

“Most kids love art and they love painting and everything to do with it. It’s amazing to see a child enjoying something like this and gosh we probably have more children’s art in the hospice than I think in any school in Ireland that’s all simply amazing.

An online auction for the Corona Lisa will take place on auctioneer Herman & Wilkinson’s website from 10 a.m. Jan. 31 to 6 p.m. Feb. 3.

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