MARTA LAPEÑA Interview – 12-02-2021

«In an unknown moment of the coronavirus pandemic«

1- How do you define yourself? How do you define your projects?

I consider myself a multidisciplinary artist, I love all the techniques related to painting to express myself. I like to feel free and away from patterns or stereotypes.
My projects always arise from lived experiences and from observing what surrounds me, things that I know and have close, that I have been able to know and then give my own interpretation.
Specifically, the murals always talk about the environment where they live.

2- How did you start working on street art?

The sensation of painting my first mural in an abandoned building, where I could express myself freely, got me hooked and I started appearing in street art competitions and festivals. Little by little I realized that the street is the best setting to tell things where people receive it without intermediaries or filters of any kind. A direct contact with society where you can give your opinion and generate a totally free dialogue.

3- Where do you find the inspiration to create your projects? Are they modifiers of urban space?

Inspiration comes from each wall, its surroundings, the history of the place that surrounds it and the people who walk through it.
And I hope therefore that they modify that space to generate a dialogue with the viewer as I mentioned before …

4- What does Street Art represent for you in this constantly changing world?

It seems to me essential and an engine of change. general controversy and dialogue, which is what we need as a society to move forward.
It is a means of communication like any other where the dialogue between artist and society is direct, without filters.

5- Do you think Street Art should be legal or should it continue to be a form of art pursued by the police? Have you ever had problems?

If all street art interventions were legal, the magic of free expression would be lost.
The law, sometimes, is to be broken as long as you do not harm third parties.
I also find it interesting that every day urban art is taken into consideration and that legal platforms, galleries, museums manage this type of project. Well, as I said before, you speak to society directly.
I have had some mishap, but it has not taken away the desire to continue with it if I consider it necessary.

6- How long does it usually take to prepare each project?

It is a difficult question, each project is different and sometimes I feel more inspired than others, but behind each project there is a lot of work that is not seen.

 Interview conducted by Art Bill – journalist and owner of Street Art In Action.


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