The past 6 months I have been collecting empty cigarette boxes from colleagues, family, friends and picking them up off the street. I had kept them in a bag in my studio not sure why or how I was going to use them until today no.13.
Early one morning when I was about 9 years old I use to deliver the NZ Herald Newspaper to homes on my pushbike. This taxi drove past and the driver flicked his smoke out onto the road. I could see it was still alight and temptations was going through my head to go and have a puff. I looked around there was no one else. I picked it up and started taking some big puffs inhaling the smoke. I almost choked and coughed. I threw it on the ground and that was the first and last of trying to smoke a cigarette.
Maori woman smoking statistics is 38% and Maori men 32%.
I drive past a High School each morning and the students are in little groups smoking behind the trees thinking they are cool. A terrible bad habit that hooks people into it and they struggle to quit.
Smoking causes blindness, heart attacks, foul and offensive breath, gangrene, poisonous smoke, it cuts your life shorter and can make you impotent to name a few.
Both my grandmothers smoked and both died in their 50’s. Life is too precious and so much to enjoy.
Title: Smoking blocks your arteries- Ka aukatihia oou ioio toto i te momi hikareti.
Medium: Dyes and oil pastels on paper | Scale: 500mm x 700mm | No: 13 Artwork Project 313
This Artwork is purchasable as: Original Artwork | Prints 1 through to 10 | Prints 11 through to 313