PLEASE READ this artist statement Part 1 of 3. There are a few people talking about my work calling it cultural appropriation which is far from fact. These two opinionated bloggers need to understand the facts one way or another. Neither took the time to ask me for a comment prior to writing these awful articles and when I replied in a comment on their site, it was immediately erased essentially erasing my voice, message and intent, not even giving me a chance to explain the truth behind the art. PLEASE go to their sites and leave comments with your opinion.
hyperallergic.com - Author - Claire Moon
ourmoonisfull.com - Author - Amy Wilson
Here was my reply to Claire which was erased.
I appreciate you attempting to reach out to me however, you really could have given me more time to respond, as I have been very busy. Regardless I understand your concern about proper vetting for the murals that go up but you should also understand that this mural WAS vetted by the local community, the block association for the neighborhood, and the building owner. It was actually selected by the community out of 3 designs that were on the table from 3 different artists. As I was painting the mural over 4 days I received countless compliments from people who live in this neighborhood and several members of the community board who stopped by to personally engage with me and discuss exactly what I was aiming to accomplish with this mural as you tried, but failed, to do.
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