Built to last

When I was younger I discovered graffiti, it all started with my friends painting the outside of buildings and trains and led to finding some of my favourite artists. I love street art, I love that its controversial and can be very political. I also think it’s ridiculous that people in this country are sent to jail for expressing themselves (and I’m not taking about mindless shite like peoples names spray painted on walls).
 Miss Van is an artist I cannot help but love, her quirky little doll girls are slightly perverted and controversial….love it. 
Her blurb on her website sums up the reasons why I think shes a great artist, she want to evoke a response from her art and I challenge anyone to look though her work and not have something to say about it!
You can buy prints here and tshirts which I’ve just discovered…..bet your ass I’ll be getting some of those! 
“Since I was young, I’ve been drawing characters and animals. In the early 1990s, I started discovering graffiti with friends of mine, tagging a little bit and following them, taking photos and stuff. Then I wanted to be a part of it. The characters came out spontaneously. I chose to use acrylic paint because I was using it while studying, and I found it more comfortable than spray cans, even if it wasn’t a graffiti style. Then I continued painting. I didn’t really choose it, it came naturally. Painting on walls was a way to show that I was boycotting the conventional art world. At my beginnings, I had a rebel mind. I also find this more exciting to paint in the street because it is forbidden. Painting on walls allows me to keep my freedom; as it is illegal, there is no censorship. It is also a challenge, since each time I paint on a wall there is the risk of seeing my work erased. Since I like moving around and meeting people, so I prefer painting in the street. It also enables me to make my art accessible to a larger public audience.
At the beginnings, my dolls were self-portraits. Graffiti has a very megalomaniac side; instead of writing my name, I chose to represent myself through my dolls. I felt a real need to affirm myself, maybe because I have a twin sister and I had to show my difference. Later on when I didn’t feel as much this need to mark my identity, my work became.The idea of provocativeness has also a part in my conception of my work. I have always liked painting a sexy doll in an inappropriate place. I want to provoke strong reactions.
My dolls convey a provocative image, sometimes a bit erotic. I wish they disturbed and provoked fantasies. I want them to make the viewer react, no matter the reaction. I would like them to make people forget their daily lives.”
My Favorite Miss Van Paintings 

the woman herself…
 I need this tshirt in my life!!
Are there any street artists you love?
Kisses xxx


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