Mabel Vicentef Interview about his project «Lila & Ambrose »
Name of the Street Art piece that has modified the urban space: Lila & Ambrose
Location : Sacramento, California
Year : 2019
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?
The piece is located in a simple car park, with not even a good view from the street, when I started making it I felt a bit frustrated because of the place where it was thought I really like the wall. Then while I was painting I realized all the movement of this place, and the fact that everyone was parking became a positive thing, because they stop and talk to me and everyone was really surprise and I received great feedback. Also there where a lot of homeless is this area and they were really happy about the mural and felt represented, what I live most of public art is that is for everyone, no just for minorities.
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?
I was in the Wide Open Walls festival, so it was legal.
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?
I decided to make an afroamericana portrait of a woman because there’s a lot of racisim in the area. She’s nostalgic but I tried to represent an amazing interior world inside of her.
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?
They didn’t participate in the creation, the feedback was amazing even after I left I received a lot of messages.
5- Do you think it is important that the local people participate during the production of your work and that they become artists modifying the urban space or do you prefer to carry out your projects alone without anyone seeing you?
I think it’s important, I like listening and learning from others, each story, everything means something to me, though sometimes I don’t have the time and I need to be concentrated I tried to take my time and hear.
6- 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 believe they the world it’s a bit cold, there’s a lot of publicity, always trying to sell you something, street art it’s a way of communicating something else, it generates different kind of things (depending on the Art-piece of course) and what I intent is to transport people’s somewhere else, it’s like a 3 second pause that takes you to a surreal world
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?
It’s a big discussion, and I understand that street art is efímeral and it’s part of the game but at the same I tried to use good materials to maintain then in a better state, and there’s a lot amazing and space transforming murals around the works that I would keep them but the question it would who decides and why so I don’t have a proper answer for that.
8- How does your work add value to the urban space in which it is produced?
I think that by integrating new ideas, colors, shapes and elements that complement our daily lives in that constant transit through the city, and make us perceive different things.
9- What were the difficulties that you encountered during the completion of your work modifying the urban space?
Usually the weather, scaffolding not good enough.
10- Why is urban art important to modify the urban space? What sort of projects are you planning to do in the future ?
Right now I’m heading to the north of Spain to paint another mural in a festival , and then I’m trying to get back home in Argentina, but the covid situation has make my way back very complicated so I might go to Italy, I haven’t decided yet, nowadays it’s a bit more complicated to travel, my main objective right now is to find bigger walls and keep on traveling.