LIDIA CAO Interview – 2-03-2021

Lidia Cao – @lidia.cao –

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

I wouldn’t know how to define myself because I don’t like labels either. Also, as changing beings I think it is not easy to define oneself. A bit of the same happens with my works, when I change, they change and grow with me. Influencing the moment and the situations.

2- How did you start working on street art?

My first contact with urban art and specifically with muralism was through a festival held in my hometown, Ordes. The way to transform gigantic walls caught my attention, at least that was my perception when I was much younger. After that, I attended a workshop taught by the festival’s creators in 2016 and it was in 2017 that I started working as a muralist.

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

I like to find inspiration in any part of the daily life that surrounds me, be it at times that I live in particular, as new people that I meet or discover, etc. I love learning from others and having new and interesting things brought to me. I really enjoy with the talks. Every time I think of an idea, I like to make it metaphorical or poetic, so that the viewer sees it and has to think about something, not simply limited to seeing a very concrete or very specific message graphically, they have reasoning and think, interact with the wall in the first person.

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

For me it is another way of expressing myself and being able to reach more people, so that, within your small contribution, you can get to make people change their point of view, think a little more when passing through the places. Make ‘the invisible’ visible.

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?

For me, urban art is not just mural, or graffiti. It covers much more. So it isn’t that it is legal or illegal. I come from the world of illustration and not graffiti, I hadn’t problems with the police in that regard. It is true that I have close friends who come from «pure» graffiti and continue to practice it, but in my own experience I couldn’t talk about it because I don’t have experienced in it.

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

If you take into account the entire process, such as the initial idea of the concept, the making of the sketch, the making of the wall, it depends on each project. Sometimes 3/2 weeks, sometimes 1 week as time is a clear factor

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

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