Artist(s): Jillian Sampsen
Description / Inspiration: My artwork depicts two large, charming rats in a dimly lit room consuming a meth user’s head. The head is displayed on a decorative platter surrounded by leaves, berries and meth related paraphernalia. The rats in this mural represent meth, and the head being consumed represents the user. The artwork is accompanied by the taglines “Meth Consumes You” and “Meth Not Even Once.” The artwork was strategically placed in a rougher area, where meth use is more prevalent. The image is placed close to main street and is next to the railroad tracks. Supplies used were Primer, red, blue, yellow, white, and black Valspar Medallion Plus Exterior Paints. I wanted to create an image that was different and creative, something that might speak to meth users more than the generic scare tactics. My friends and family greatly helped me come up with the concept for this piece and shared the same hope of inspiring drug free lives through art.
Location: Orange storage building on W Northern Ave, south of the railroad tracks. View on map
Thank Yous: Thank You to Ron Grove, Hannah Black, Kate Simonson, Makenzie Sorensen, Chris Weiss, and Rachael Serverson