From paranoia-tinged pandemic editorial for the likes of the New York Times to the body-based illustration of make-up artist Athena Paginton, the latest issue of Varoom looks at intimacy in the last year of image-making.
While our access to places and to each other has been curtailed and cut off, illustrators have been giving us new perspectives on domestic scenes, visualizing rich inner worlds and helping us to stay mindful.
"The frame of our lives has been so much smaller over the last year, but illustration has been as broad and present as ever," commented Editor Olivia Ahmad. "On the street, in print and online, illustrators have visualised our collective responses to the pandemic, all the way from fear to frustration. At the same time they have created restorative moments of escapism, celebrated the small pleasures of everyday life and helped us to maintain our wellbeing."
This issue was designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio. Featured illustrators include Hannah Buckman (cover), Ngadi Smart, Joe Schlaud, Athena Paginton, Sophie Miyoko Gullbrants and Muhammed Sajid.
Image: Muhammed Sajid, Courtesy of Varoom
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