Parallel Universes mural – behind the scenes.
Plaça Raquel Meller, Barcelona, Spain
April 20-25, 2018
Hey guys, here is my latest update on what I’ve been up to. I was working on a super cool project with a friend of mine, a renowned graffiti artist from Barcelona, Puke and my boyfriend Roman. ‘Parallel Universes’ is a 16.5m long wall created for Arnau Gallery (15th Edition), a street art project initiated by Antoine Careil.
Arnau Gallery is a project aiming to promote in a new way contemporary urban art in Barcelona, curated by Street Art Barcelona, which is also run by Antoine.
The wall was painted in front of the old Arnau Theatre built in the late nineteenth century by Andreu Audet Puig, a Catalan architect who specialised in construction of theatres and auditoriums such as the Apolo Theatre and Casino de la Rabassada. The theatre is located on Paral·lel Avenue and is the last “teatre de barraca” of Barcelona, a construction characteristic typical in the nineteenth century, based on temporary and fast construction. It remained active until the mid-nineties, when unfortunately, due to repeated economic problems, it became abandoned and derelict building.
‘Parallel Universes’ was one of the most interesting projects I have had fortune to work on, not only because of the subject but also because of the amazing Antoine who created his awesome street art project, back in 2016, to bring this abandoned space to life.
We started making a grid on Friday afternoon which allowed us to start painting the next day. It was almost 5 intense days full of planning, painting, nice chats and interactions with local people. We had the project printed out, all colour codes set up so we could gradually paint the wall and enjoy the event. Just some quick advice if you’re planning to use the Montana app for picking the cans, take into account, that the colours might be different when looking on screen. If I can be honest with you, I would just go to the shop and select the colours there. This way you won’t be surprised because some colours are few tones different. It’s a great app and I love it but just bear this in mind.
The idea was to bring more attention to the Theatre, portrayed as a sleeping woman in the centre of the project. Her burgundy red hair are in fact a curtain releasing a dream scene. Mechanical cancan, a symbol of modernity, enter the stage in the spotlight. Soft feathers are falling down, sheared lines are passing through the wall, pendulum has stopped moving, maybe it’s a night or a day scene. All this gives the impression that time has ceased to exist for a moment. The apple in the man’s head plays an important role, a temptation, so often desired by many people, however the pierrot looking in opposite direction seems to be not interested in it.
We used various techniques and combined spray paint, heavy medium, brush strokes, glossy varnish and spray caps to bring this wall to life.
I would once again like to thank Antoine and all my lovely friends who came by to say hello and to the many nice people who stopped by to watch us painting. Massive thanks to Montana Colors for supplying us with the paint and everyone involved with the project. Thanks to Antoine and Nicolas Corbel for nice shots.
Massive thanks to MN_ice for the photos and great video!
You can check the vid here.
Live painting with Puke at Arnau Gallery.
Plaça Raquel Meller, Barcelona.
April 21-22, 2018
This weekend I’ll be live painting with a good friend of mine Fran Giménez aka Puke at Arnau Gallery located in front of the Arnau Theatre in the Raval district of Barcelona. This open-air street art gallery is dedicated to graffiti and urban art and it’s curated by Street Art Barcelona and Difusor which aims to promote contemporary urban art in Barcelona. One intervention is organised every last week-end of the month with original collaborations between national and international artist. It continue with a new exploration of urban art and enter April edition with a new collaboration between me and Fran. Fran Giménez began in 1988, experimenting with different disciplines in the art of graffiti with typographies, murals under the “PUKE” name.
Arnau gallery is a project led by Antoine Careil from Street Art Barcelona who worked with great artists such as Btoy, CISCO KSL & Kram, Enric Sant & GR170, Cristian Blanxer & Sendys, El Pez & J.Loca, Peeta, Mohamed Lghacham & Emilio Cerezo, Sebastien Waknine & Sav45, KENOR, Spogo & Sixe Paredes, Miquel Wert & Ibie.
We are waiting for you to enjoy that session on Saturday 21/04 from 11am. The project is organised by Street Art Barcelona with the support of Diffuser and our sponsors Montana Colors & Debasa.
Live painting at MeetingPoint Gallery.
Espai Txema Bio-Biult, Calle Montalegre 4, Barcelona.
February 23-25, 2018
Here is an update on an awesome project I worked on over the weekend. I was contacted by the guys over at MeetingPoint Gallery located next to the MACBA Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona in the heart of Raval and city centre during the week with a proposal to paint one of their outside walls. It was short notice but I jumped at the opportunity to be part of such a cool collective.
MeetingPoint Gallery is a project led by Javi Sampol and Claudiu Savu, both young creators of CheckPointMusicArt who intend to involve citizenship in a meeting and exchange of healthy collective experiences, performing cultural artistic events on multiculturalism and emerging artists to have the capacity to work in all areas of creativity; painting, sculpture, music and design. The Gallery was born to expose upcycle crafts, exhibitions and workshops, learning platform where multiplicity of visions about different genres can be shared. It’s based on the realisation of sociocultural initiatives, with the participation of new artists from different disciplines and from many different countries around the world.
I was able to get my outlines done on Friday evening as the sun was going down which prepared me for painting on Saturday and Sunday.
The concept is to illustrate different emotions of people and portray their behaviours. As I’m interested in people attitudes, therefore I used different techniques to express various poses. I combined spray paint, brush strokes and heavy medium to express contrasting feelings or desires. In this piece of work, I was searching for a transition between clean graphic aesthetics and artistic expression.
It was a great experience getting to paint in Barcelona city centre. I challenged myself and painted totally freehand. It was busy but allowed me to interact with people passing by. The local people are lovely and a few of them seemed to be interested in what I was painting. The location and the space is absolutely amazing. BioBui(L)t – Espai Txema is one of the winning projects Pla de BUITs contest sponsored by the Council of Barcelona City in 2013.
I would once again like to thank MeetingPoint, Claudiu, Javi and Lisa for inviting me. Thanks to my partner Roman, Fran and all friends who supported me and came by to say hi.
mn_ice is working on a video at the moment which I will be posting soon. Stay tuned!
Cluster Illustration Exhibition:
East London Arts Pop-up.
Below One Fifteen, 115 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, London, UK.
October 19-21, 2017
Thursday 19th October 6pm – 9pm
Friday 20th & Saturday 21st 12pm – 7pm
I’m happy to share good news with you that I’ll be taking part in Cluster collective exhibition which will take place in Below One Fifteen art space, a collaboration project between Creative Debuts and Hamilton Court Developments. This is a special event for me because it will be my first group exhibition in London.
I was given complete creative freedom to choose what I want to exhibit, therefore you will be able to see one of my paintings called ‘Afterimage’ which portrays transformation of thoughts, visions and ideas, most often focusing on the importance of time and present emotions. As an addition, I’ll show one of my latest prints named ‘Upper Case’.
CLUSTER is a new East London arts pop-up shop showcasing an eclectic selection of creative talent. They support fresh and emerging designers & brands who are not afraid to be active, innovative and different. It is a platform for taking a unique approach towards exhibiting and experiencing the creative arts, bringing together a range of styles and imaginative individuals into an intimate collective setting. Previous Cluster pop-ups have celebrated Art and Fashion, Arts and Crafts. This time they bring you back to the highly anticipated pop-up for ILLUSTRATION.
IT’S TIME. REPEAL THE 8TH.
Amnesty International Ireland at Electric Picnic Festival.
August 30-31, 2017
This Summer, I’ll be painting a mural for ’Repeal the 8th’ Campaign at Electric Picnic Festival, Co. Laois, Ireland, commissioned by Amnesty International.
I want to express a woman facing difficult times, which I hope we can overcome very soon TOGETHER.
Ireland’s abortion law violates the human rights of women and girls. The Eighth Amendment to the Constitution is the root cause of these violations. It must be repealed. Whoever you are, wherever you live, all the decisions you make about your body should be yours. Sexual and reproductive rights are human rights. They guarantee that everyone should be able to make their own decisions about their bodies, get accurate information about their health care options, and access sexual and reproductive health services.