For the last few weeks I've been working on an outdoor mural (my first of the season) located at the intersection of 16th & Main, KCMO (in the Crossroads Arts District.)
Working in public spaces allows me to meet all kinds of people that, normally, I'd never run into if I were showing in a gallery space or simply working in my studio. Needless to say, I absolutely love being able to make new acquaintances during these times where the work becomes much more of a personal experience as people stop to converse with me. Discussions over their likes and dislikes in the art; their personal stories or experiences that they were inspired to share after seeing me paint...
I ran into this lady, "T T", as I was wrapping up for the night after a longer than normal painting session. She was a whirlwind of personality, energy and kindness. Definitely unafraid of breaking personal bubbles. When she saw me painting, TT immediately walked up to me, grabbed me and hugged me like we had known each other for a while.
The faces in the mural were, without a doubt "my momma, my auntie and my other sister...we don't talk no more, but this mural is them, believe dat.."
She also decided to become my brand ambassador for about 30 minutes in between rides, stopping everyone that passed by to talk them about my project and asking them to share my work on social media. She said " I smoke crack and I'm currently homeless, so you share this on Titter (she means twitter) and they gon' see what TT up to!" Before the mural wraps up, I'm adding in something for TT (she'll know it when she see's it.)
This bit of free advertisement was made at her request.
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