Natalie Libarion

Environmental Charter High School

My submission to the graffiti art contest is purposely to inform people about something that maybe they've never thought of. My inspiration for the piece was a sudden thought, I thought of how ridiculous it was on how we are being herded like cattle in this outrageous system of taking consumers money, and we are herded along in life as well. Just give us what we pay for and we will follow you anywhere. We are doing exactly what society is telling us to do, which is walking around like advertisements I their logos, buying tickets to their movies, eating and carrying bags to their restaurants and fast food places.

I decided to emphasis on McDonalds because they make about 24 billion dollars a year and their chickens are all factory farm raised (not farm raised) and they don't see a ray of sunlight and can't walk more than a few steps without plopping right back down. That shows how blind we are to what we are consuming. On the right of my canvas you can see a pattern of chickens and cows. The blue and red chickens (hazardous colors) represent factory farm chickens after 48 days. The yellow chickens represent farm raised after 68 days. The hands represent society and they are marionettes (us) and society is doing exactly that, controlling us, telling us what's cool and what's not, what is beautiful and what's ugly, what's fat and what skinny is. We are forced to carry around these labels. I painted Ronald McDonald the familiar face of McDonalds, with his thumbs up as if he is approving of what society has created and luring children into eating processed, fake food. For my quote I wanted to say “snap out of it” talking about the fact that we are being controlled and especially teens wanting to wear/buy things that the “cool kids” or celebrities are wearing and are too afraid of being unique, trendsetters, or creators because they are afraid that they won't be accepted by society. That's how this piece also represents originality and that sometimes, it's okay to be different because if we all looked the same, what's the fun in that? We are governed under a place where originality is hated by fellow peers and also society. I hoped you enjoy my entry for the graffiti art contest.

Natalie Libarian Be your self, because everyone else is already taken (:

My submission to the graffiti art contest is purposely to inform people about something that maybe they've never thought of. My inspiration for the piece was a sudden thought, I thought of how ridiculous it was on how we are being herded like cattle in this outrageous system of taking consumers money, and we are herded along in life as well. Just give us what we pay for and we will follow you anywhere. We are doing exactly what society is telling us to do, which is walking around like advertisements I their logos, buying tickets to their movies, eating and carrying bags to their restaurants and fast food places.

I decided to emphasis on McDonalds because they make about 24 billion dollars a year and their chickens are all factory farm raised (not farm raised) and they don't see a ray of sunlight and can't walk more than a few steps without plopping right back down. That shows how blind we are to what we are consuming. On the right of my canvas you can see a pattern of chickens and cows. The blue and red chickens (hazardous colors) represent factory farm chickens after 48 days. The yellow chickens represent farm raised after 68 days. The hands represent society and they are marionettes (us) and society is doing exactly that, controlling us, telling us what's cool and what's not, what is beautiful and what's ugly, what's fat and what skinny is. We are forced to carry around these labels. I painted Ronald McDonald the familiar face of McDonalds, with his thumbs up as if he is approving of what society has created and luring children into eating processed, fake food. For my quote I wanted to say “snap out of it” talking about the fact that we are being controlled and especially teens wanting to wear/buy things that the “cool kids” or celebrities are wearing and are too afraid of being unique, trendsetters, or creators because they are afraid that they won't be accepted by society. That's how this piece also represents originality and that sometimes, it's okay to be different because if we all looked the same, what's the fun in that? We are governed under a place where originality is hated by fellow peers and also society. I hoped you enjoy my entry for the graffiti art contest.

Natalie Libarian Be your self, because everyone else is already taken (: