Dialogue with Miss Merlot Chicago Graffiti Artist
Your story with Doodle? What is the meaning of graffiti to you?
I have always loved art until I was about 16 years old. I met a few friends who liked graffiti very much. Once I drove on a highway, and when I saw their graffiti for the first time, I realized that it might affect people. Influence, so I was immediately attracted. My style is derived from the traditional New York graffiti style, but I have always favored bold and legible fonts. Over time, I learned many techniques and methods. My graffiti has gradually evolved from the obscure in the beginning to something softer and easier to understand. It also took me a lot of time to break the routine.
Do you think there have been any changes to female graffiti artists in the past ten years?
In the past ten years, more outstanding female graffiti artists have emerged. I hope they can continue to love and spread this culture. Now art exhibitions and art galleries also take the initiative to contact these female artists. I still remember the days when I only met 5 other female graffiti artists in the circle, but now there are so many outstanding female artists!
Over the past ten years, more outstanding female graffiti artists have emerged, and I hope they can continue to love and spread this culture.
What changes has social media brought to graffiti culture?
The emergence of Instagram changed the graffiti culture, and in terms of social media as a whole, I think it changed people’s understanding of graffiti. In the past, people who saw graffiti or were doing graffiti in the public may feel uneasy and do not want to be related to it. Now, people’s acceptance is higher. It helps bridge the gap between the art world and the graffiti world to some extent, and in many ways, it opens up many opportunities for graffiti artists (including myself).
Social media has helped bridge the gap between the art world and the graffiti world, and opened up many opportunities for graffiti artists.
From street walls to museum collections, do you think the boundary between graffiti and traditional art is becoming blurred over the years?
I think in the past few years, graffiti has become more mainstream. For a while, graffiti has become less and less popular with art collectors, businesses and the public. But in the past few years, many graffiti artists have also begun to enter the traditional art world, which is indeed beneficial to the rapid development of graffiti art, but as long as I can use graffiti as I want, it is enough for me personally.
In what direction do you think graffiti culture will develop in the next few years?
It's really hard to say. With the help of social media, all types of graffiti are within reach, and graffiti artists are constantly improving. This will also inspire the development of the entire community. I can only say that everything will be better.
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