I think many of my followers here aren't too aware of the fact that I am very much an animal rights person. I occasionally create animal rights themed art, pictues for vegan cookbooks and I used to do lots of hands-on animal welfare work. I am in a constant struggle about my two identities as an artist who longs to create beauty and worlds for people to escape into, and an activist who wants to use her power of visual creation to communicate real-life issues to her audience.
I've been struggling hard with this dichotomy recently, especially when looking at the state of the world we live in right now, and more especially since it's Easter, my favourite time of year for animal rights depression. I created this poster as a means of going full-on activist on my audience for once.
To be honest, I feel like dA isn't the best place to find people who appreciate or even want this sort of content. Moreover, I do not want to spend hours on this site having long and fundamental discussions about if or not to support this cause. I do, however, want to share my artwork with you and not hide who I am as a creative person. My identity informs my pictures, and I think it's important for my audience to know that as well.
So here you go, one of my intensely rare, full-on no-apologies call-to-action pieces. I promise not to do this sort of thing all the time, since I know it gets annoying quickly and I like softer, metaphorical communication much better anyways. But sometimes, you just feel like being bland and bold is the right way to go.
If you'd like to read the fully-fledged activism text that initially went up wit this picture on my other social platforms, which explains what the concept of not eating animal products has to do with this planet's problems, have a look at, for example, the tumblr post
for this image.
Happy Easter everyone!