Just made this for Art Toppling Tobacco Competition: "Good Cigarette, Bad Cigarette"This piece of art displays two portraits of a friend of mine combined. She is a young artist, as myself, and she is a, as I would say, heavy smoker. She is THE symbol of smoking for me, as she indulges in it for contemplation and reflecting on her life and work. I combined two oil paint portraits of her, playing with visual effect - the text “Good Cigarette - Bad Cigarette - It´s Just a Cigarette” is supposed to show how the mind works while deciding whether to grasp after a cigarette or not - similarly to the eyes following and reading the text, the mind is in between decisions. At least it is one´s own decision, how one apologizes for poisoning his/her own body. Hoping to reveal more detail of the process of getting seduced by cigarettes, I hope to help smokers to reflect on themselves improvedly. The eroticism in the display of the figures represents the seductive power attributed to cigarettes. The left half of the image is the “Bad” girl, the right half of the image is the “Good” girl.
watch out for her!