A few years ago at a Christmas party, some random woman I had just met told me, "If you're not showing at Basel, you're really doing yourself a disservice."
Sometimes I find myself doing things I really don't want to do because I believe it's what I'm supposed to do. And then sometimes I wake up and realize it's actually just a bunch of bullshit from people who don't know what they're talking about and often don't even believe in it themselves.
There's such freedom in realizing that there isn't only one way to do things, to know that you don't have to do things that make you miserable just because other people tell you that you should.
What's special about public art is that you can be presented with an idea for free; on your own time, in your own way, without judgement or influence.
Trying to scramble my way into the most exclusive places with the most exclusive people doesn't really align with that idea.
It would have been a disservice to me if I had spent the time and energy I usually put into my work to be in amongst a million other murals in the hope that maybe just one of the exclusive people will see it.
I don't have to do things that I don't believe in.
And exclusivity is overrated.
In addition to the video above I also made this gif to help illustrate my point.
These are two images I painted on the same wall.
I painted the first one with with her hand down, and the second one over the first, with her hand up.
(both freehand spray)
Thanks so much to Golden @golden305 for inviting me down to Miami this year and taking care of me (& also @keifsen)
Thanks so much to Rosie Nelan (@rosienelan) for being a willing participant in this and so much better than I ever could have asked
And thanks so much to everyone who's encouraged and inspired me to do what I want to do in the last years.
Doing what everyone else does is overrated.