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#MeetAndGraff : Vane MG

Updated: Feb 5, 2020

#MeetAndGraff is a short interview series where we meet graffiti artists working on Leake Street and learn more about their style. This week, we caught up with Vane MG.Name Vanessa

Graffiti Name Vane MG

Website www.art-vanemg.wixsite.com/vanemg

Social Media Handles

@vanemg.art Follow Vanessa on Facebook here Follow Vanessa on Instagram here

When did you get into graffiti? 2015

Who is your favourite street artist? From people that I met in the UK I love the girl power of Aranzazu in London and the Nolij graffiti technique too. But I should mention someone from my country (Colombia) Likmi Soberana who has a lot of girl power as well.

How would you describe your style? I like to work with projects which focus on highlighting the importance of women and Colombian women. My objective is to attempt to reclaim elements of the cultural past of my country, integrating it with the present and creating new images. Bright colours are characteristics of my work mixed with a little of an otaku style, which results in showing the force of the creative, woman leader through the spirituality of ancient Latin culture plus my own personality.

What do you want people to feel when they look at your work? I love to put lots of different kinds of details in every piece of art so that you can stay for a long time appreciating the artwork and trying to see new and different elements in each piece. I also hope to try to transport people and myself to other places.

What do you think about London’s graffiti scene? London is a big city and with a lot of people from around the whole world. This makes it amazing to look at and see the big variety of styles you can find. At the moment East London is more into this than some other places, but it can change so fast as the city is always changing and has such a fast rhythm and pace of life. I really love this aspect of London and living here.

What do you think about legal walls such as Leake Street Tunnel? I think there should be more places like this, where it’s not only the painting of the walls but you can mix the graffiti experience with meeting and knowing new people, dance, live music, local bars, restaurants etc. This opens a new door to tourist places in the city. You can see this happening in the tunnel as there are spontaneous performances and people filming videos, it’s a great place to come and meet creative people or just to watch and take some photos! Definitely we as street artists need more support to continue having more places and spaces like this in which to work.

Tunnel Rules

London & Continental Railways Limited (LCR), the landlord of Leake Street Arches and the managers of the Leake Street Tunnel, are keen to support the creative community working on Leake Street and ensure that other people in the local area continue to value the contribution that tunnel activities bring to the neighbourhood. These Tunnel Rules are designed to create an enjoyable experience for everyone.

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