the process from sketching to final piece
This poster is a part of a larger project by Ki11erpancake that confronts the darker side of every day life using the zodiac.
The House of Health
Healthy appetite and thriving invasive species
Japanese knotweed is everywhere. Removing it doesn’t do too much since it can resurrect itself from deep within the soil it was planted in and live to strangle other plants once again. untrained onlookers see only a wall of green things. this became a metaphor I use for “whiteness as default” in our culture. the first time i was confronted with this idea i felt like society had tricked me. it was the first time i understood that what was '“normal” for me was not for others and how rude and isolating it can be to operate on that standard. this doesn’t mean I never make a mistake. that’s the tricky part. instead i have to stop and think if my bias is growing from within to strangle the lived experience of others.
We all struggle with empathy. Looking at our weaknesses, acknowledging them and letting them go is a healthier way of coping than getting defensive or denying our bias. regardless of who we are we have them.
According to Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs, knotweed has binding and health powers. It’s used to absorb and well… bind bad vibes. Cunningham suggests holding knotweed, focusing your negative energy into it and then burning it.