Sophie Blackall Illustration

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Measles Project

I have been working all Summer on a project for the Measles and Rubella Initiative; a series of illustrations based on my trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier in the year. The illustrations are for posters which will hopefully help the movement to eliminate measles worldwide by 2020. It has been wonderful working on these paintings and rather strange to emerge back in the world... my head has been filled with the Congo for months, with images of mothers and babies waiting in long, snaking lines outside tiny huts where health workers vaccinate one child at a time. Images of long, hollowed out canoes delivering the vaccine up the river to remote villages. Images of children holding up their purple-dyed pinky fingers to show they've been vaccinated and are safe from measles.
The project will be launched next week at the Red Cross headquarters in Washington DC. After which I look forward to sharing it all with you.


Rebecca Snavely said...


It's so interesting, I've been so connected to your art and perspective, and had no idea you'd gone to Congo. My friend and I started a US 501c3 that supports a local Congo non-profit, and my heart is in eastern Congo. If you want to check out the stories of the women and children Action Kivu supports, I'd love for you to take a look at our blog:

Thanks for adding your beauty, voice and style to the work in Congo!

Rebecca Snavey

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Hi. I really like your style! First learned about you when saw that great picture on a subway train, really interesting. And you inspired me to start my own artistic blog, sometimes i draw and paint too. Thank you for such interesting pictures!

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