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Street Art for the Ladies

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I’m working on new art work for a street art show at the Morean Arts Center in October.  This work incorporates two of my favorite things– buffed wall photographs and embroidery.  Five years ago  I went on early morning alley walk-abouts in St. Petersburg, FL. On my walks I photographed the buffed walls.  The City paints grey, or whatever color they have, rectangles over graffiti.  The interesting part about using photos that are five years old is that none of those walls look like that anymore.  I printed my photos on fabric and have begun hand sewing my Gretchen character on walls she’d like to own.  I think being a female street artist can be a struggle and I’ve been told that my character is too cute to be taken seriously.  Despite the negativity, I persist.  This tongue-n-cheek piece combines the idea of a male dominated art form with traditional women’s work.

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