I went to update my blog yesterday and it, well, kind of imploded. Argh! Not what I wanted to deal with on a Thursday. But it gave me the opportunity to revisit the old and make it new again. So, my site has a new, beautiful, streamlined look. New mail chimp integration. A new contact form. It’s pretty. it’s simple. I like it… Voila! Lemonade.
During the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Global Drug Policy (April 19-21, 2016) The Museum Of Drug Policy, a popup cultural hub that includes an immersive art experience and special live programming, took a look at the impact of current drug policies on populations around the world. The Museum occupied space on Park Avenue for these three days. Through art, conversations and experiential events, the Museum showcased that the moment is now for drug policy reform and that damage caused by the war on drugs is evident across the world.
I had the great honor of being included among the artists that exhibited. My Execution Portrait Series, sponsored by Open Society Foundations, profiled 5 individuals who have been executed because of drug use or distribution. Their stories are heartbreaking and while working on these individuals I couldn’t help but become a bit emotional. My goal was to bring them a voice.
Above is my portrait of Zahara Bahrami.
Andrew Chan and Brian Chambers.
Martin Anderson and Myuran Sukumaran.
Some pictures from the installation.
My portrait of Zahara Bahrami appeared on the Save the Date for the Event. And was even featured on a Jumbotron in Times Square (can you stand it!).
I was even commended by Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York.
Yeah, baby. Smiling, smiling… I have grown up around hot air balloons. My hometown is famous for them. The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally takes place in my hometown every summer. Seeing them fly overhead hoping they would land in your yard was my inspiration. And when they did, you could help puff out the air from the enormous array of colors right in front of you that you’re actually touching. What could be more glorious for the child in us all?
The Rally has always promoted the event with the most beautiful posters. Year after year, waiting to see what this years would be… For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be THAT ARTIST. I know those posters played a small roll in me wanting to pursue art. Well, my friends, I’m thrilled to announce that this year I was chosen as the Balloon Rally artist! Yay Me!! Above are my poster design options. (I am a graphic artist by day, that’s how I pay the bills, so I threw my talents in for good measure.)
And the winning poster is:
Not the one I would have chosen, but I couldn’t be happier! I can’t wait to be there this summer and see the town a glow with my art! Poster, t-shirts, a trailer wrap! Oh, my… Can’t contain my excitement! Wellsville, here I come!!
Josephine Skriver with her Face Factory Paris shirt. Yeah, making the big time, dressing this gorgeous Victoria Secret supermodel. Couldn’t be more stoked. A big thank you to Face Factory for the opportunity (kiss, kiss)!