In an artistic world where bigger is better, it can be easy to overlook street art’s subtler areas. From an 8-inch, 8-bit invader to a psychedelically coloured rough-and-ready Pidgeon statue brightening up your morning commute, it’s the little things that can sometimes make a big impact. Walden, or Indiana as she is casually known is prolific within the Shoreditch area of London, the local geography saturated with the quiet presence of her eulogy-style pieces, highlighting the extinction of iconic animals in the not so distant past.
Street art and campaigning are age-old buddies; having gone hand in hand since their gestation and covering a range of topics, from political propaganda to raising awareness against media takeover. However one artist is bringing things a great deal closer to home alongside a slightly offbeat subject. For the past year London-based ATM has been re-inhabiting rundown areas of the capital with the ghosts of times gone by in the form of its forgotten bird species. Having recently featured in some of the big dogs of mainstream media, we put Jodie on the case to see what all the flapping was about. Excuse the pun.
This documents the creation of a series of site-specific public street paintings, which flow through from Mattancheery to Fort Kochi. Each piece contains a thematic narrative which can be read in any order.
The paintings build on themes Vexta has been exploring in her work for some time. Conceptually her work explores themes of metamorphosis, transcendence and our interconnectedness with the surrounding environment, through the creation of contemporary, secular works which play with ideas of life /death and the feminine experience.
Travel and the creation of site specific work that reflects the locations that they are made are important in Vexta’s practice and her response to the environment plays a significant part in the process of conceptual development.
Cinematography: Aaron Glasson & Rah Akaishi
Editors: Aaron Glasson & Rah Akaishi
Music by: ISNOD
Sound recordings: Bruce Miller
Special Thanks: Converse, Ironlak, Very Nearly Almost, Arts Victoria, Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012
Prepared by Ogilvy Paris this campaign uses neatly photoshoped bombs on images of cute animals as a metaphor for vandalism and destruction of out planet. Whether you support or condemn it would be good to hear from you. And please don’t forget that Cornbread tagged an elephant at Philadelphia Zoo. And Banksy used child safe face paint when painting animals for his exhibitions.
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