- first published …
- 10 Jan 2012
- Maribyrnong Leader
- Art | Anna Bourozikas
Livening up walls out west
Fine arts graduate takes to the streets to make art accessible to more people
MELBOURNE’S drab inner west spots are being transformed one space at a time by the artwork of street artist Baby Guerrilla.
Her works include an image of a large nude girl surrounded by birds and one of a couple romantically holding hands while floating in the air. She also has a series on men who appear to be climbing out of windows.
Baby Guerrilla, a stencil paste-up artist, is the most prominent female street artist, possibly the only one, operating in the inner west.
Her images are popping up everywhere including on the wall opposite West Footscray’s Central West, the Sim’s supermarket carpark on Barkly St, Cross St in Footscray and on a wall outside Post Industrial Design in West Footscray.
Barren spots have become little galleries with a character telling a story.
‘‘The locations are based on my daily experiences,’’ the artist said. ‘‘Many walls I will pass by each day and dream about possibilities. Most of the paste-ups are based upon my various travel routes.’’ So who is Baby Guerilla? We arrange to meet at her house. Given that she does most of her pasting late at night, and her nickname is Baby Guerrilla, I was expecting a tough-looking woman in a hoodie, camouflage cargo pants and trainers. I had not expected a lady in the 60s Barbarella inspired outfit, complete with knee- high boots, A-line dress and long honeycoloured hair. But I shouldn’t be surprised given the strong feminine streak in her work.
Her characters are drawn from her personal experiences often representing herself or people she knows. She stencils images on large pieces of paper, cuts them out, climbs a ladder and glues them to the wall.
‘‘I love drawing and paste-ups are a way of giving my drawings a second life,’’ she said.
Baby Guerrilla shows me her studio at the back of her house where she is preparing works for an exhibition. She is a Victorian College of the Arts graduate and has exhibited paintings and sculptures.
Street art began as a hobby five years ago but the artist says she finds the work exhilarating.
Making art accessible to a wide range of people is important to her. ‘‘I love the idea of setting art free, setting our souls free to dream and imagine and to go floating across a wall,’’ she says.