Caroline Augusta is a collage artist and photographer with what you have to admit is an interesting past. Until she was eighteen, she grew up in the forest away from neighbors and television, developing an innately strong connection with nature.
When we asked her to create a poster design for us, she drew from her experiences to communicate just how careless tobacco smokers can be to our environment. Caroline used found objects to create her piece, aptly named ‘Filthy’, hoping to illustrate the countless number of cigarette butts now resting in our soil or waterways, and the enormous effort it would take to clean that up.
“I like to make dark pieces without gore or major shock factor so that the viewer doesn't instantly turn away and has an opportunity to think for themselves,” she explains. “Cigarettes are substituted for the objects you would expect to find in their place. Everything is hand cut and pieced together like a puzzle to form a cohesive narrative.”
The now San Francisco-based artist appreciates Commune events because they take a stand in a scene that accepts smoking. “People can be rather critical to anybody that challenges the group thinking and Commune has the courage to do that. It creates opportunities for a variety of artists and helps them support themselves at the same time.”
We are all incredibly lucky that Caroline spent so much time in the woods dreaming, bonding with her surroundings and learning to think as an individual. Be sure to check out the rest of her thought-provoking work on her website.