World aids Day

December 1st is World Aids Day. A local group of university students scheduled a paint party for national aids day. They wanted a compilation of paintings representing living with aids, the sigma of aids and aids prevention.  With any custom painting my question is always what does that look like to you? I was given some possible images of families, group hugs, hand shaking and for prevention the classic cliché a condom.

I am always up for a challenge but to make sure I was on the right track I talked to my artist mentor.  She said “So the first thing that I, personally would do in preparation to approach this project would be to research 3 artists that reflect aids activism in their work…” So that is exactly what I did.

The first Artist that I googled was Keith Haring.  Haring’s work was animated and simplistic. It was fun and depicted his message very well.  I did have to cover my eyes on a few of the paintings.

The second artist was David Wojnarowicz.  Wojnarowicz’s work was autobiographical. It was way too deep for me.  If you know anything about me, I am pretty upbeat and like to stay there. 

The other artists work was through photography but, I was looking for expression through painting. So my inspiration came from Haring’s artwork. It was bright and I saw a lot of red. The drawings that I did are a fun depiction of a serious disease.

I tried to make sure there were plenty options. What do you think about the drawings?  Did I capture the vision of the students in any of the drawings?  If you were to choose which one would be the closest to representing World Aids Day?

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