Fresh from the Field — Graffiato by Kelly Spencer and Natasha Vermeulen
This week’s Fresh from the Field features a collaboration between Kelly Spencer and Natasha Vermeulen for 2017 Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival.
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This year Kelly Spencer and I were asked if we’d like to collaborate on a massive wall for the 2017 Graffiato: Taupo Street Art Festival. I’d been wanting to go bigger for a while, and was pretty excited to be given this opportunity. While Kelly is a seasoned wall artist, this was my first one. As I’m a painter and don’t yet have the skills for aerosol art, we had to come up with an image we would be able execute on a large scale over the long weekend.
The process was pretty smooth, even while living in different cities. We’re both into visual metaphors and animals, and creating art with a message. We also wanted to combine our strengths by using her lettering and my imagery together somehow. The final piece has a double meaning to it—the glistening snakes and glittering, dewy spiderwebs symbolise the darker side of placing too much value on material wealth, while at the same time the elements of nature allude to what is truly valuable in this world.
Mural by Kelly Spencer and Natasha Vermeulen
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