Human Trafficking, My Artivism And

Human Trafficking, My Artivism And

hey guys older nice studio today I’m going to talk about my current body artwork which is the lilypad project I am currently working on a bunch of lily pad and water lily i’m using really pass to talk about human trafficking and sex slavery so here’s a couple of a sculptural lily pads I just painted these ones the first thing I’m gonna pan him again if you want to get a lily pad of your own keep watching this video or more information on how to do that so I’m doing is using lily pads and water lilies to talk about human trafficking the connection that I’m making is that lily pads and water lilies are what people see that the beautiful part it’s on top of the water the flower and the lily pad but we all are so familiar with well we don’t see is what goes on under ground below the water there’s this whole system gross roots and nasty tentacles and leech infested water and mud the the roots growing and so I’m using that to talk about human trafficking in that the roots are being compared to the pimps and the underground world of trafficking the lab people don’t know about so you see the beautiful woman the beautiful person the beautiful child on the top you don’t realize what they’re going to know what they’re actually doing also the underground drip systems for lily pads have a lot of different connections going out over all over the place the one plant can have up to 50 lily pad and all the lily pads and water lilies bring oxygen back down to the root system using my comparison with the girls are / than my lily pads and the flowers and they bring back the money to the paint a lot of those who traditionally represented change like overcoming something in your life and I’m also using that where the water lilies are the representing the girls that are out of the industry have reclaimed the wife and children to not just girls that’s where the like the new life the process the treatment the after care that goes into rehabilitating someone who’s been sold into sex slavery has been a prostitute and they’ve been forced into prostitution i graph design background just like it really Tommy your research and research and research a lot so one of the cool things that I found out about water lilies is that they open and close so at night they’ll be open and the day they’ll close and so it’s really interesting this is kind of a whole night leg thing and those same species of water lilies they will trap insects and bugs inside of them I’m using that connection for idea of a sexual addiction where there’s no a lot of studies that talk about how how addicting sex can be and how addicting pornography can be but also how you get introduced into like mile poor and you keep going going going until it was high card for poor headed not that this happens to everyone but the people that it does happen to this is on talking about that so the insects being caught inside of the flowers apparently humans being trapped inside of the on the side of the addiction well some of my paintings will have read around the lily pads this kind of representing the emotions well so the physical pain a lot of modern-day slaves or sex slavery victims go through human trafficking is something that I’ve been passionate for about a couple years I’m getting away from the numbers but they’re a really good starting point my original goal was to make 1500 of them and that was each one of represent 100 people trafficked into the u.s. each year I’m kind of ditching those numbers just because it’s been really hard to keep track of all of them so I painted them given to people I’ve been sculpting and making print.printer really earned account if you count all the prints i have over 1500 I’m not counting everyone and so it kind of got tricky was like which ones do I count which ones don’t I count the numbers are kind of weird but it’s around 1500 still even with the weirdness I think the numbers are kind of getting out of hand on there’s lots of my statistics i’ll try to post some of the resources the sources i use below so i said there was a chance for you guys to get one of my lily ties all you need to do is message me your your p.o box or your address or whatever you want it sent to you and i will mail you one of these and what you have to do in return is create some sort of media how about it take pictures of these in public in your house wherever you go if you if you’re in school take a picture in different classes and share with your classmates do whatever you want to do have with it have fun do something crazy be creative if you have like a zine or literary magazine your school or in your town makes a minute of that like that’d be so cool take photos submit them to your newspaper or submit it to facebook instagram but create a youtube video about it could a youtube video about where you’ve seen them where you put them let’s see new things I see unique places make maybe a stop-motion video and share that on YouTube all for twitter be sure to use the hashtag the lilypad project photograph them in a public place Taylor place on facebook just come up with something unique and creative and I want to see it so that’s the first half the second thing is to create a link back to me you can either send it to my facebook page which is facebook com backslash Felicia column design you can link it to my Twitter which is at Felicia fall on you can I get to this YouTube video which is YouTube backslash Felicia valla so one of those main site so they can get a hold of me and contact me I want to be able to tell people more I want to go to show people the rest of my artwork but I’m an artist I crear because I want to share it with people i will post links to all of that below the information yeah so if you want a lily pad I’ve got a bunch too in the beginning I was working a lot with numbers sorry meeting facebook messages

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