“The Mary Jane 2” oil on canvas 40hx36w
The Plant that Medicates and Intoxicates
In California, my home state, medical marijuana was legalized in 1996 and recreational marijuana was legalized in 2018. Examining the arguments for legalization inspired this painting. In my painting an aerial dancer hangs from a hemp rope. She is wearing a costume that reads Mary Jane on the legs, THC-CBD is on the torso and Medicinal and Recreational on the arms.
The California State Grizzly Bear: Lows and Highs
“Mary Jane” hangs in front of City Hall doors. There are shadows of plant like shapes indicated behind its semitransparent frosted glass doors. The composition is cut in half where the doors meet. To the left sits Medical Marijuana Bear on top of a stone pillar. To the right sits a stoned Recreational Marijuana Bear. The writing on Mary Jane’s arms state the dualities of her uses.
Mary Jane Hangs Out on Respectable Street
Mary Jane is suspended in the air – high? – or tied up in knots over legal complications. At the date of this post, federal law does not recognize the legalization of marijuana. Individual states have different laws regarding medical and recreational use. It’s very confusing, however, more roads are leading to Respectable Street.
Cannabinoid molecules and the Law
There are many chemical components to marijuana (113 so far), but the most debated are CBD and THC. THC is the chemical that creates the ‘high”. Different percentages of THC and CBD must interact with each other to create various results. These two components are a central part of the argument around legalization, therefore, they are at the core of the figure in my painting.
The plant that medicates and intoxicates has a long history with many civilizations. Not until the 20thcentury has it been under the scrutiny of law. I recommend looking up the history of its illegality as well as the scientific research published about Cannabinoids.
Feed Me! Monster or Marvel?
The plant in the pot is inspired by the play “Little Shop of Horrors.” I wanted to explore the idea of growth, a plant, the making of state laws and the federal government. It seems that there is a potential for many different things to grow with the legalization of weed in the U.S.A.