I turned this $2.50 shadow box into another expression project.
It wasn’t until I finished this shadow box that I noticed relevance. The two black and white images came from different articles and different years but their pencil sketched graininess makes them family.
I couldn’t help but relate it to my vegan journey. In the beginning of my vegetarian-vegan journey over 10 years ago, discontinuing my red meat consumption was the easiest and most obvious first step.
Laying off honey and other bee products was less obvious to me and only something I’m just beginning to wrap my mind around. VegNews published a great piece last year (same article the bee image is from). There are times I’ll eat honey (if it’s from a local and respected harvester) but it’s definitely something I’ve reduced my consumption of drastically as my understanding of the overall picture increases.
Cows and bees. The easiest and the hardest concepts for me to wrap my brain around while on the veg*n journey.
I like that.
The hardest part about this project was waiting for all the different layers to dry. There were a few coats of acrylic paint, then the magazine clippings, and lastly the gel medium to adhere and polish off the project.