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Street Femme

Street art by Becca in Beverly Hills, CA

Street art by Becca in Beverly Hills, CA

Paint-spattered lady on the side of a building

Paint-spattered lady on the side of a building

Love, kittens, and hair bows - can you get more feminine than this?

Love, kittens, and hair bows – can you get more feminine than this?

Street art tends to be a very masculine medium. Is this because women don’t like sneaking around in the dead of night with spray cans, because they prefer rebelling against the traditional art world in other ways, or because stuccoed walls and grimy lampposts simply lend themselves best to stark lines and male subject matter? I’m not sure what the answer is, and I had honestly never put much thought into this phenomenon until yesterday, when I spotted these ladies on the side of a building in Beverly Hills. I had been passing through an alleyway in the famous Rodeo Drive shopping district, and something about seeing these two paintings in the dumpster-filled underbelly of one of the most iconically female realms of our planet seemed so perfect and unique. There was dirty sewer water trickling down the concrete drive and the smell of chicken grease in the air, and I had a hunch that the scent of garbage and the fresh memory of Chanel shop windows were all a part of what the artist hoped people would experience when viewing her very feminine work. Although I cannot recreate the smells and sounds of that alleyway, I just couldn’t resist sharing these paintings with you. What do you think? Leave a comment.

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2 Comments

  • Reply jennyonthespot September 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

    Hi! Elaine Griffin shared your blog 🙂 So I am popping over! I love this post… I have never thought about it either – women and graffiti. I just went to a conference this last weekend and one of the speakers talked about being aware of our environment can feed our creativity. This post is a perfect example 🙂 So nice to “meet” you!

    • Reply Coté September 24, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      So nice to meet you, too, Jenny. 🙂 Thank you so much for popping by! That conference sounds great – there really is so much inspiration just waiting to be mined in our environments.

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