STRANGE BIRD Interview – 26-04-2021

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

The works presented in the street are optical illusion composed of two techniques: stencils and sculpture.

Each work represents a character “stuck” within the city walls. He tries to get out of the walls in order to communicate with the passer-by. This character, borrowed from the colors of his prison (concrete grey), lives in a surrealist world. It can also be assertive but while remaining poetic.

2- How did you start working on street art?

I had felt the need to get back to graphic art for a long time. I started with several works at home but very quickly the need to invade the street came. My sensitivity directed me to the art of stenciling. But I was stuck, because I did not want to reproduce what was already being done in the street. But I wanted to play with the codes of urban art. So before going to the streets for the first time, I did a year-long trying to find my style, my colors, my techniques, … Then I went for it.

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

Honestly, it might sound like a boat but I think inspiration is all around us. Sometimes it can be a wall that inspires me, a bird’s flight, a visual challenge, a technical challenge, a discussion, a meeting, a feeling, … In short: life.

My projects necessarily modify the urban space because there is a part of sculpture. But it is also important that they integrate fully into their environment.

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

For me, street art is a real air bubble, a door to the imagination, to reflection. It allows us to have a new look at the places in which we live. But also to ask different questions.

More intimately, it is a necessity for me. These characters that I create are linked to me. They need me to exist and I need them to live.

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?

Haha that’s a really good question… I think we’ve struck a good balance between legal and illegal street art. Not everything can be legal and it is important that thanks to legal urban art the view of people on this art practice changes.

I had agents come in while I was setting up a job. I got off my ladder, they asked me if I was the author of the work. Then they asked me if I was the author of another work that I had placed a few months before. I confirmed that I was the author. They congratulated me, and then they left. It was pretty cool, it’s rare to see nice cops.

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

So it depends on the projects. On average, I take two days to take the photos, cut out the stencils, and paint them. The sculpture usually takes one to two hours to complete, but the complete drying time lasts an average of one week. In the street, I do not take more than 10 min. But that changes depending on the projects. At the moment, I’ve been working on a project for 5 days.

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

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