Artificial Empathy: Exploring the Intersection of Digital Art and Emotional Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors: Mingzhu Li, Ming Zhong
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread emotional and psychological impacts globally, leading to feelings of isolation, separation, and disconnection among individuals. In response to this, the present study seeks to explore and document the emotional experience of the COVID-19 pandemic through the creation of an art project titled "All those days in isolation". Using mixed media and collage techniques, the study seeks to create a visual representation of the collective experiences and emotions of a community during the pandemic. This project was inspired by the feelings of isolation and separation that many people have experienced and sought to explore and express these emotions through art. Through a comprehensive review of existing literature and qualitative research, including semi-structured interviews with a group of participants who have experienced the pandemic, this thesis will examine how digital art has been used to record and express emotions.The study found that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health and well-being, with high levels of anxiety, stress, and depression reported among individuals who have been directly or indirectly affected by the virus. Additionally, the pandemic has been associated with feelings of loneliness and social isolation, as well as with an increased risk of domestic violence and other forms of abuse.The art project was successful in exploring and expressing the complex emotions of the COVID-19 pandemic, offering a nuanced and well-rounded perspective on the emotional impact of the pandemic on individuals. The study highlights the importance of art in documenting and preserving collective experiences and emotions, as well as its potential to serve as a reflection of society and a tool for coping with stress and traumatic events. Overall, the art project demonstrates the power of art in exploring and expressing complex emotions and providing a space for people to connect with and understand the experiences of others.
Keywords: COVID, 19 pandemic，mixed media，collage techniques，community experience，art as reflection of society，mental health
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