This was my first piece of the summer. I finished it more than two months ago, but like I said i haven’t been online much this summer to blog about it. (for more timely updates, follow my insta @prestomagiccc). This piece was the second time it came to fisticuffs with myself and oil pastels. I’ve grappled with them once before and loved the results, so I took what I (thought) I learned and applied it here. I love the way this looks finished, but it was a bitch to work on.
Aside from technical stuff, the message here is straightforward but very important to me. The way I see it, we are really just camping here on this Earth unless we change our ways of living. I often struggle to find action in my art practice. I work on my art which says what I want it to say, but where are the ramifications? I don’t mean in terms of support, but in terms of change. Art is meant to inspire change, but what can I do for the environment besides “raise awareness” through my art? This summer, it meant ditching single use plastic, dairy, cutting back on meat, and reduse-reusue-recycling as much as I could. I’m only 19, so I’m not too worried, but I am actively looking for the cross section of art and activism. I’ll let you know when I find the sweet spot. Anyway, here’s Camping Trip