Opium Poppy

The “Opium Poppy” series seeks to inform the public about opium growth, progression, and expansion, specifically in Afghanistan. The series begins with a view of what opium used to be; a recreational drug introduced to Asian cultures, and traces its roots into modern day Afghanistan and the devastation the opium poppy trade is causing due to its exportation by the Taliban. The series also reflects the impact that exportation has on Europe and the United States, specifically with the production of heroin and opiate prescription drugs. My imagery juxtaposes found photographic elements, bright colors, monochromatic schemes, and thick paint application. Through my work, I hope to create awareness and a better understanding of social problems that are not immediately apparent in media and culture.