Visual bubblegum – it’s starts sweet and gooey but you’ll find it stuck on a wall looking quite different.
Growing up in the 80’s I was unable to escape the graphic onslaught of glamorous iconic imagery. The posters and stationery rocked my world. I fell in love with the colourful mix of beauty, fashion and art.
Religiously I followed my dream of working in the fashion industry only to discover that the reality is a far cry from the Athena posters that had adorned my walls.
My street art paste ups are a nod towards my childhood ideals. I remember the innocence of simply enjoying the 80’s without having the maturity to question it. Fast forward 30 years and I get a twisted pleasure from seeing my bubblegum art get weathered, decayed and beaten up. I guess it represents my bitter sweet life experiences. The iconic imagery I loved is based upon perfection and if life has taught me anything it’s that there’s no such thing.