Interviews Daisy

Last weekend we caught up with Daisy at Mams Art Festival in Mamelodi, a township just outside of Pretoria.

How long have you been doing graffiti and street art?

I started painting approximately four years ago, where members from both DS and OWN crew were kind enough to let me tag along and teach me about the perplexity that is graffiti.

What inspires you to create art?

My art background spans for over tens years and within those years inspiration has come from a wide field of reference; people, life, artists, art, to name a few…

Tell us about your experience at Mams Art Fest?

Mams Art Festival is such an amazing collaboration between The Viva Foundation of South Africa, Mamelodi residents and artists from all walks of life. This foundation aims in creating a living art museum in an informal settlement located in Pretoria and is one of the very first.

Participating in this project is completely rewarding, especially assisting in fulfilling the goals of an organisation like The Viva Foundation (who do exceptional work in several amazing programmes in the Mamelodi community). I have a lot of adoration for this foundation.

What do you think of the role of urban art in today’s society?

As an individual who works in the built in environment, structures are erected to fill a function, as well as attempting to create a dialogue with the current context and be aesthetically pleasing. Urban art does the same thing. It’s role is equally as legitimate as art made in the studio, and other art forms. Possibly even more so where works of art are littered throughout the built environment, which in turn becomes far more accessible to the public. Whatever the statement or lack thereof, urban art engages with individuals on a platform that most others cannot. An art form the elite no longer have possession over.

Photos: Irene Quirk and Daisy

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Graffiti South Africa™ thanks Daisy for this interview.
First published on 29 March 2013.