I originally worked on this poppy pattern art as part of my collaboration with artist Gordon Cheung. In our piece, we addressed the tragic murder of Vincent Chin and the historical use of anti-Asian imagery and symbols in Western culture. The poppy is a beautiful flower with many symbolic interpretations, including peace, death, sleep, and sedation. I often weave floral and decorative patterns into my art to draw the viewer in and make challenging concepts more digestible. However, decorative appeal can be used as a tool to sedate people and keep them distracted from more important social issues. Whether in entertainment, alcohol and drugs, or conspicuous consumption, I think sedation is a major cause of social and political complacency and ignorance. These Sedation In Bloom prints serve the dual purpose of a decorative escape and a reminder to stay awake and aware!
Sedation In Bloom. 18 x 24 inches. Screenprint on thick cream Speckletone paper. Signed by Shepard Fairey. Numbered edition of 150. Limited quantities of the FULL set (all eight prints) will be sold at a discounted price of $320. $45 for a single print.