The Movember Foundation is the only global charity solely focused on men’s health. They raise funds that deliver innovative, breakthrough research and support programs to enable men to live happier, healthier and longer lives.
Awareness and fundraising activities are run year-round by the Foundation where they encourage men to become more aware of their health, talk more with their friends and be more active, improving their health and wellbeing. The annual Movember campaign in November is globally recognised for its fun, disruptive approach to fundraising and getting men to take action for their health.
Since Movember started in Melbourne in 2003, millions have joined the movement, raising $770 million and funding more than 1,200 projects focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer and suicide prevention.
Melbourne artist Ling recently hit Melbourne’s Hosier Lane to paint Movember ambassador Kirk Pengilly and raise awareness for this very important cause.
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Ling – ID / GH.
Principally I am a graffiti writer, although increasingly find myself looking at any and all creative outlets as possibilities to further myself and my output.
Why do you do what you do?
I’ve always found the painting and the creative process as something that has kept my mind on a level playing field. When I can’t paint for a period of time I start to get anxious or when I’m in a negative head space I always find that painting is a steadying influence. In that respect it’s therapeutic.
Recently I’ve been painting otherwise worthless objects gold to generate the perception of value. Historically gold has always had an allure that attracts people. Where you may have walked passed something everyday without a second thought, it suddenly compels you to stop, comment, photograph, share etc. whilst the object in question is still completely worthless, destined to be left to the elements or hauled away to be destroyed. It’s interesting seeing how this changes the way people interact / perceive with what is otherwise rubbish and mundane.
I’ve also been painting more and more character based pieces based on bygone childhood figures from the 80’s and 90’s. Icons that represent something that is now seen as cheesy, outdated and playing on that by adding equally cheesy details in speed dealer sunnies and 80’s graphics. It’s always entertaining to do produce serious paintings using subjects that are deemed comical and share with a wider audience.
Can you tell us a little about your piece for Movember and the inspiration behind it?
The Movember piece came about through a chance connection with the organisation. My family has been impacted by both testicular and prostate cancer, so I jumped at the chance to get involved and offer my services to create something unique that would assist the cause in raising awareness around cancer and mens health.
What does the Movember campaign mean to you?
My family has been impacted by both Testicular and Prostate Cancer. Both scenarios had outcomes that were as positive as can be. The mitigating factor in both instances was a proactive approach to health. Insisting that GP’s perform the relevant tests and taking the necessary steps to investigate physical / mental changes means I still have a dad, a brother and that my niece and nephew still have a father and grandfather. If my piece for the Movember mural helps further the campaign message then I’m more than happy to be involved.
Where can people go to find out more or to help?
What else can we expect to see from you for the rest of 2016 or moving into 2017?
Produce more. Bigger. Better.