Artist Uses Wind Dancers To Express Difficult Topics Like BLM Movement, Gun Violence, And Poverty In Her Stunning Paintings – Design You Trust

Artist Uses Wind Dancers To Express Difficult Topics Like BLM Movement, Gun Violence, And Poverty In Her Stunning Paintings

Why Can’t You Just Pull Yourself Up

Whether you’ve seen them in movies or pictures, or seen them personally, you probably know what a wind dancer is. It’s a solemn, happy stick figure that flails about in the wind near a gas station or some dollar store.

But Mamie Young saw something more in them: they stand as a comical background in contrast to all of the US’s current problems. Mamie draws them inside of these problems as some sort of comical vehicles that tell a story about the tragic events of American life, making the whole image tragicomic, sobering, and current. Behind that stickman smile lies hollowness and anxiety.

More: Mamie Young, Instagram h/t: boredpanda

No Loitering Police Enforced

She started drawing them in 2017 when she saw an exhibit in a gallery in San Diego that used them. She realized that “so many people recognize these figures, yet nobody in the art world was using them as characters in a real way to tell a story. So I decided to make art exclusively using them,” she told Bored Panda. In terms of how was she able to generate such compelling narratives using only a silly vessel, she admitted “I used my background as a filmmaker to add a narrative to each of my paintings.”

No Credit No Problem!

Mamie Young expressed that she wants the viewer to see a familiar object like this in a different light. “I see myself in them,” she confessed, and added “they represent us in so many ways: our relationship with society, culture, and each other. These wind dancers have a complexity in them that I want to express.” And she’s right: her paintings resonate with current American realities like police brutality, Black Lives Matter protests, violence, poverty, inequality, and vanity.

I Am Hollow Inside

Though her paintings are somewhat poignant despite their accuracy, the artist is also socially responsible. She’s going to donate all of the proceeds of her painting “Why Can’t You Just Pull Yourself Up” to support the Black Lives Matter movement. Let’s just hope that these wind dancers bring about the winds of change.

Don’t Get Blown Away!

I’m Here To Distract You With Fear!

Inflated Lies

I’m Just Like You

Inappropriate Wind Dancer – Funeral

Dancer Behind The Scenes

Live Nude Dancers

Billionairheads

Set It On High

Low Cost

Perspective

Wind Dancers

Land Of The Free?

Drowning In Oblivion

Hands

Death Of A Salesman

Business As Usual

Happy Face

Sale

Louis Vuitton

Attention

The Business Of Flailing Upwards

Iwo Jima

Inappropriate Wind Dancer – Crime Scene

Here Is Your Chancey To Get Dancey!

Wind Dancer Liquor Store

Gilded

Genocide Museum

Death Row

Chanel

Wind Dancer Coin Laundry

Prada Marfa

Wind Dancer Dollar Store


If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

"Between Heaven and Hell": The Dark Digital Artworks of James Suret
Falling Away
Classic Albums Drawn by Six-Years Old Artist
Artist Brilliantly Imagines What Disney Villains Would Look Like in Real Life
15 Untranslatable Love Words From Around The World For Romantic Sweethearts Everywhere
After A Trip To Ireland, Artist Decided To Paint Its Stunning Landscapes As Beautiful Watercolors
This Instagram Account Has The Most Adorable Way Of Reminding You That You Matter
Dad Recycles Old Crayons Into New Ones for Schools, Hospitals and Art Programs
This Artist Walks All Day To Create Massive Dragon Mural In Snowy Siberia
Elegant Drawing Of Girls Wearing Dresses Made Of Real Flower Petals
Russian Artist Creates Superb Minimalist, Colorful And Dreamlike Digital Collages
Soundbrick Bluetooth Speaker + Free Shipping!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Painted As The Renaissance Painters They Were Named After
59 Accidentally Brilliant Shots By Edas Wong
Guy Sucks At Photoshop, Spends 10 Years Mastering Microsoft Paint To Illustrate His Book
Artist Alexey Malina Has Portrayed The Seven Deadly Sins In A Series Of Minimalist Posters
Taiwanese Couple Hilariously Parodies #FollowMeTo Couple
Amazing Polygonal Tattoo Artworks By Halasz Matyas
Graham Annable
The Superb Gundam, Cyberpunk and Science Fiction Artworks of Ken Hensly
"The Horror, The Horror!": Dark And Disturbing Paintings Of Death And Disease By Richard Tennant Cooper
Japanese Illustrator Tacomaru Provides Stylish Take on Popular Cartoon Characters
Artist Creates Cute Paintings Of Chicks Doing Yoga
An Artist Brings Animals To Life Using Body Paint And Contorted Models