«Still Life» by MARTA LAPEÑA

MARTA LAPEÑA Interview – 12-02-2021

Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Still Life

Location : Las parras de Martín, Teruel, Spain

Year : 2020

1- If you had to choose a Street Art piece that you created, as a transformation of the urban space, which one would you choose? How does this Street Art piece denote urban space metamorphosis?

It was a piece created in a town of about 10 inhabitants, mostly older than 60 years, and a point of depopulation.
This happens more and more in small towns, migration to the big city is making people and families disappear that fill their origins with life and a more leisurely and calm way of life, away from the hectic pace of the city.

Still Life – Marta Lapeña https://www.martalap.com/mural/image/5

2- Why did you make this Street Art piece in this urban space? Was it the town hall or the property owner who authorized or asked you to create it? Can we consider this work as illegal/vandalism or legal, what is your criteria?

This intervention was promoted by one of the descendants of the inhabitants of said town, as well as an artist involved in culture and in giving life to small towns like this. At the root of this, agreed with the city council to be able to carry it out.

3- What is the message you want to communicate through this Street Art piece? Is it related to the urban space where you did it?

The piece is directly related to the environment, since I created it based on stories, objects and the lives of the neighbors themselves.
It is also reflected in a corner of the town that the inhabitants use as a meeting and party center.

4- How was this work integrated into the urban space? What was the interaction that the inhabitants of this city had with your project? Did they participate in its creation?

The days before intervening this wall, or corner (including the floor) I dedicated myself to getting to know the inhabitants, the town and its surroundings, in addition to chatting with all of them, they lent me objects that they have used during their lives for daily tasks and tasks.
Following these objects I generated the sketch.
So the inhabitants of the place are directly related and were essential for the realization of this project.

5- According to you, what is the criteria that determines your Street Art work modifies the urban space and why is your work considered aesthetically well done?

I think that in addition to being inevitable, it is part of my ideal process, since what I do is not for me, but for the people who are going to keep the work in mind in their day to day life.
You learn a lot from each story and the most enriching and constructive is generating dialogue.

6- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

When people interact, ask and comment.

7-What is the “historical future” of your work? Should we take care of it, preserve it and repaint it as if it were a museum’s piece of art? Or should it be allowed to age with the city itself?

Each work can have a character, for me, nothing is definitive, that is ephemeral is part of street work. Is it like a museum work of art? Or should he allow himself to grow old with the city itself?
Surely you must allow yourself to grow old.

8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?

It tells stories that happened at the time and place, and that directly involves the inhabitant or viewer.

9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?

None in particular, only the setbacks that painting outdoors can be generated.

10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?

Because you make people wonder things, they can be negative or positive, the important thing is to generate feelings.
My approach for the future is to continue learning from what surrounds me and to be able to capture it through.

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


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