Painting for Political Points: Several Artists Endorse Steve Madrone for 5th District Supervisor With Their Work
Press release from the Madrone for Supervisor Campaign:
While some paint landscapes, portraits, or abstracts, a dozen artists recently turned their creative juices to painting political art for the June Humboldt County election.
Joyce King, who said that her interest in organizing in the McKinleyville area dovetailed with her love for local art, figured she could change one annoying thing about elections – those ubiquitous plastic yard signs.
Instead, she envisioned signs that are temporary works of art.
King found a gaggle of artists who were more than willing to devote their skills and palettes to getting out the vote for their favorite candidate for supervisor with political paintings.
“Getting together with other engaged citizens to make these fun signs was so exciting,” said Andrew Daniel, who usually paints landscapes. “In an era where national politics can feel as though they are spiraling out of control, it is great to see that there is so much energy for change in a local level.”
“Art and politics share a deep hope that something new can be born from what currently exists. The initial vision is nearly blinding in intensity, then comes the long slog of choices given our limited resources and time constraints. The saying goes, ‘Art is 90% problem solving and 10% creativity.’ One could say the same about politics,” said Meighan O’Brien.
“These art signs serve as beautiful and humble invitations to the community to enjoy and ponder what the scene as well as the candidate might signify,” she added. “Art and politics share an expression of values. In art, values refer to varying shades of color. In politics, values are the shades of agreement (and disagreement) we are constantly negotiating with each other, those feelings we hold most dear that color the way we view our world.”
The artists’ political work can be found in “temporary exhibits” along roadways from Willow Creek to Trinidad, said King. The exhibits will be dismantled after the June 5 election, she added.