Saturday, April 16, 2011

Graffiti Papers- New Series of work

Graffiti Papers. This was made using rusty bottle caps, real walnut dye, paint, paper scrap and thread.
The page below is pretty much as it looks...dye, pencil and paper scrap

I am finding my feet here! Trying to mix graffiti with collage while  keeping true to my style.I am pretty happy with the results. The page was interesting to develope. Creating accidental and non-accidental layers of different mediums. I've been reading books on street art, enjoying the many graffiti posts that seem to have popped up everyhwere and thinking, thinking, thinking...


 I don't like tagging, defacing someones personal property isn't cool at all, but I would be delighted to find a work done by Banksy!


I know some of my attraction to graffiti is to it's rebelious nature and some of it is purely visual, like the photos at the bottom of this post. I like the transient collaboration between multiple people and nature. It intriques me that this sort of work is allowed to stay, even in the city centre yet if it was a sprayed work it would have been removed immediately. I decided that my signatures for the international signature swap will be my visual diary pages. I sense that this series is the foundation for something more and I am not sure where this exploration will lead me...but I am excitied to find out!

Nothing like a little inspiration...
I was at the Tauranga Art Gallery today viewing the work of Colin McCahon and Lynley Dodd. Very inspiring works although completely different from each other! On the way out I spotted a smaller collection of works by students (these were assesment pieces for exams) and that was not only inspiring but exciting! Some very, very good art and it's hard to believe they were done by teenagers! On the way back to the car I spotted these old posters. Quite fitting given how much inspiration I am drawing from the street at the moment!

6 comments:

Mick said...

Some years ago I was able to make the acquaintance of famed graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper. We had a long discussion about the artform and even stopped to photograph some local work. A lot of it is just crap but as in all relatively new art movements, there are diamonds in the rough. Even a genius or two such as the Frenchman, Blek le Rat; he preceded Banksy who appropriated his style.

Deborah said...

I ove your new series! Sometimes I take photos of graffiti although I haven't done anything with them yet. Maybe some of graffiti could be considered modern urban folk art.

Flower said...

Happy Easter Lisa! Loving the graffiti style xox

vicki said...

Hi Lisa - I am new here - had some time to do a little blog surfing tonight (a rare moment!) - and I ended up here! I just wanted to tell you that this series of paper creations - your grafitti papers - are amazing! I must say that I think I am in love with this!

I am not an artist - don't do paper things - so I have no understa nding at all of how to create such a project - but it is totally awsome!

Happy Easter~~

Vicki

alteredbits said...

i just adore this new series, lisa! i too am a huge adorer of graffiti. mucho love!! your piece is just fantastic!!!!

some friends and i have been working on two 30 inch by 30 inch canvases for our main wall of our living room that have a huge graffiti feel to them (we had no color in that room with all dark wood and brown furniture so it's going to jazz it up in there). i sooo wish you lived closer so you could play on these canvases with us!

xx

John M. Mora said...

great images and thoughtful narrative, mum - all my best from graffiti heaven nyc...