ARTY GRAS: MEME Q&A...
This week we have a very special guest, MEME. MEME is the crew chief of the all ladies crew FEW AND FAR. This group of ladies are a powerhouse of philanthropy, the arts and are dedicated to helping those who aspire to enhance their communities whether it is through the arts, skateboarding or just giving back. Thanks!
What do you write? Are you in a crew?
MEME - Few&Far / CBS
In what city did you start painting in the streets? Do you feel your work has influenced the community in return? If so, how? Is there a relationship between the artist and the community in which they work?
I began tagging in a small town in Northern California at the age of 17. However, skateboarding was more of a focus because of my friends and the surroundings. I've seen first hand how murals have created a unity in the communities that they exist in. It seems to influence acceptance of another form for artistic expression. I feel it is the artist's responsibility to give the community understanding of their art. With that comes a relationship between the artist and the community.
Did you go to school or are you self taught?
How did you get started in the arts and why?
Tagging influenced my interest in the arts.
How long have you been working in the streets?
On and off for 14 years.
Who or What inspires you the most?
I feel instinctually motivated to paint as much as possible, but being in touch with nature inspires me most.
What should the general public know about street art? What stereotype about street art/graffiti do you hate the most?
People need to see past the graffiti and realize that the individual is expressing themselves just as much as their accepted counter part, street art. The stereo type that bothers me most is the confusion between street art vs graffiti. That people see "street artists" using aerosol and assume they are "graffiti writers". I could go on and on… I'll refrain though.
Are you a full time artist? Do you have a day job? Is it best to be full time artist or not worry about it and make your $$$ elsewhere, that way you can paint what and how you want, which one offers a more creative outlook?
Can you be a part time artist? It's my everything, I'm addicted to it. Yeah I have day jobs… I've got to support my addiction.
What are you working on now?
Well… sleep right now (haha) but in recent time I've curated an all female graffiti writers and taggers exhibition at the Oakland Terminal in California called We Love Letters. Painting pieces weekly all the while trying to set aside time to go skate.
What do you hope to achieve or accomplish by putting your work in the street?
It's not about accomplishing anything really, its just me doing what I love.