Day 2 of the 28-Day Creativity Challenge

Still riding the high from day 1, I got to work on my next zipper project. My natural tendency when creating art is to make something pleasing to the eye. I don't always succeed, but that is my goal. So today I stepped outside of my comfort zone and created a statement piece.

I am distressed about the amount of plastic generated and disposed of each day and what this is doing to our planet. I do my very best to limit my plastic consumption, but it is challenging. Today's piece is an ugly reminder of what we are doing to our mother earth.

I am a true believer that it is essential for us to step outside our comfort zone to grow, so I accepted the discomfort and stepped into the role of making protest art; something that is ugly and shocks the eye and makes you think. I have titled this piece "Mother Earth Hurls."

I had a lot of thoughts racing around my head while making this piece; are people going to be offended? Are they going to get it? Is this going to find a home or is it going to be rejected and end up tucked away in a drawer out of sight and forgotten? These thoughts caused discomfort, but I knew that this idea had to be created and brought out into the world. I learned that something ugly also needs a voice and needs to be brought to the forefront. I do not want to become a protest artist, I am a person that looks for the beauty in life, and I will continue to make art that is positive and pleasing, but it is good to know that I can express my discontent with things in a productive way.

I hope that someone will want to give "Mother Earth Hurls" a home. If that person is you, email me at and let me know. The first person who does will be the proud owner of my first piece of protest art. Upon receiving your request, I will send you a PayPal request for $10 + shipping, unless you are local and then I will deliver it to you in person.

In Gratitude, Karen


Designed 2019 by Karen Lindstrom Painting by Natalia Bystrianyk

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