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Mini Graff

Mini Graff is a New Zealand born, Sydney-based street artist who works in and around the city's urban fringe. The streets and inhabitants of the area provide the content and impetus for her work.

Her installations celebrate the urban environs and inhabitants, incorporating skylines, portraits and aerial views / attempts to confound its harshness with silhouetted landscapes/forests evoking natural, open spaces.

Mini Graff assists local councils with using street art to foster a sense of community. She leads workshops for local young people where they learn how to create and apply stencils. The workshops end with the attendees painting council approved public spaces. This process leads to a sense of ownership of, and respect for, public spaces and contributes to a reduction in random tagging and an increase in the quality of local street art.

Mini Graff is featured in the video for Deepchild's song Blackness of the Sea.

Techniques

Mini Graff's primary medium is handcut stencils transferred with aerosol paint or daubed with sponges. Her installations range from single colour, single stencil works to multiple stencils and colours incorporating 3D elements such as handcut butterflies, plastic figures of people and model houses.

Depending on the nature and exposure of the site, Mini Graff also pre-prints onto paper, stickers and wallpaper, and hangs them in the place of painted stencils.

Mini Graff's recent work has expanded into exploring colour and abstract patterns using brightly coloured adhesive vinyl strips to draw pedestrians' attention to common street structures. Her work demonstrates how a simple treatment applied to an object rendered invisible by familiarity, such as a sign post, can return it to our awareness.

Exhibitions

  • GRRRLS, February 2008, aMbush Gallery, St Peters, Australia
  • Urban Skins, August 2007, Pinnacles Gallery, Thuringowa, Australia
  • extra cheeese, Gallery FortyFour, Sydney, Australia
  • Mays at MTV Gallery, September 2007, Sydney, Australia
  • Doppelganger Mix, Darlinghurst, Australia
  • Sydney Art and About, October 2006, Sydney, Australia
  • Building Sites Taking Shape, September 2006, Maitland, Australia
  • Stencil Festival, August 2006, Melbourne/Sydney, Australia
  • Post-it: An Exquisite Corpse, June 2006, Peloton Gallery, Sydney, Australia
  • Mays Retrospective Exhibition, May 2006, Mays Gallery, St Peters, Australia
  • Manly Arts Festival, September 2005, Manly, Australia
  • Sydney Design 05, August 2005, Sydney, Australia
  • StreetWorks (Forever), July 2005, Sydney, Australia
  • Sydney Esquisse 05, April 2005, Sydney, Australia
  • Cut and Spray - An Exhibition of Stencil Art, April 2005, Volume Art Space, Newcastle, Australia
  • Box Street II, September 2005, Darlinghurst, Australia
  • Box Street I, September 2003, Darlinghurst, Australia

Further reading

  • Hutchinson, Karrie (2008). "New Interiors". Wallpaper Magazine 134.
  • Nicholas, Katrina (2008). "To Come". The Australian Financial Review 45.
  • Christine Dew (2007). Uncommissioned Art: The A-Z of Australian Graffiti. Melbourne University Publishing.
  • Bolles, Scott (2007). "Kell's Kitchen". Sydney Morning Herald
  • Zavos, Zolton (2005). "Profile". Dazed and Confused
  • Clement, Tracey (2005). "Review". Sydney Morning Herald Metro 18-24.

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