As she made her rounds, she took inquiries from residents and strangers, and delivered much-needed supplies of medicines and disinfectants to groceries. Sleep was scarce as deliveries sometimes lasted until the early hours of the morning.

Her first work of art after the pandemic, “Reception”, arose from the experience of accompanying mother and daughter to a hospital at the beginning of February. The two had developed COVID-19 symptoms after the father died of the disease at home and desperately asked for help on social media.

Yang saw the mail and found a hospital willing to accept the couple, but was told that no ambulances were available.

With public transportation closed, the only solution was to ride a bike to the hospital, with Yang taking the lead.

At the front desk she saw instructions for new patients randomly taped on the window, some hand-scrawled. When they reached their limits, the hospital staff pointed at the window instead of answering questions.

“It gave me a kind of oppression, a kind of fear,” said Yang. “Everyone, especially the doctors, spends time just saving patients.”

She meticulously reproduced the scene in an oil painting, right down to the torn papers and scribbled notes.

A second oil painting followed, based on a photo of a worker disinfecting a hospital corridor and rendered in shaded colors of deep blues and blacks.