Illustration by Claudia Pimentel
As an illustrator, I work primarily with the lighter side of life—humorous cartoons, cheery illustrations, children’s books, etc; perhaps that serves to counterbalance a restless brain occupied by thoughts and impulses for humanitarian and activist causes. The crisis in Flint struck me particularly for occurring in the state of my heart and simultaneously had me frustrated because I was struggling with the limits of what I could contribute and how I could help. I’ve never created political cartoons or editorials before, but the situation festered in me an inability to be idle, so I channeled it in the best way I know how—through illustration.
“Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul,” writes Edward Abbey. Images provide us with those proverbial ‘thousand words’ but Art, especially in today’s instantaneous media and viral experience, is a most efficacious way to spread a message, engage conversation, and rally the people, all of which is what I hope to generate with my work. –C.P.
Stand Up, Flint! is a grassroots movement uniting the voices of Flint with volunteers from around the nation. A heartfelt “thank you” to Claudia for graciously offering us her time and talent.
Want to get involved? E-mail us at StandUpFlint@gmail.com.