Artist(s): Taylor Faulkinberry-Richardson
Description / Inspiration: My artwork is to help bring awareness to our community and state about Meth and Drugs. Within my artwork I utilized the colors of the medicine wheel to incorporate my community of Harlem. You will also notice the red handprint is to symbolize MMIP(Missing Murdered Indigenous People); as some cases might be found to be linked to drug cartels or drug related incidents. My style of font is to make you feel almost radioactive/fuzzy when reading it; I also wanted the font to be loud and bold to help bring awareness to the Montana Meth Project.
Materials used: 1/2” CDX Plywood boards with 2x4x8 pine boards for support and hung on two wood posts. Painted with exterior paint and some spray paint. All free hand drawn by myself.
I was inspired to enter the Paint the State competition to bring awareness to our community but also to our state. It is sad to see how much drugs have been effecting our communities and we need to be proactive to help better our State for our current generation and generations to come. I have always loved to paint and have enjoyed sharing my art with people. So I thought sharing my art and bringing awareness will bring me great joy!
Location: Where Farnum Road meets US Hwy 2, just west of Harlem, MT. Located at mile marker 423. View on map
Thank Yous: I would like to thank my family for the encouragement to share my artwork with everyone. I would like to thank Rod Wagner from Harlem Lumber for donating some of the paint. Finally I would like to thank Jon and Dean Baker Family for letting me display my sign on their property to allow all travelers on Highway 2 to see my project and bring awareness to such an important project!