Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, MRS is a graffiti writer and abstract collage artist whose studio practice explores graffiti art’s relationship to narrative-building and temporality. Influenced by years of participation in graffiti culture, her layered textiles draw inspiration from traditional black book designs and reference the visual battle for space and ownership that rages on the street. Her hand-printed fabrics are crafted from aerosol and silkscreen, cut up and collaged back together in fresh patterns.
Railing against the male-dominated world of graffiti culture, MRS's unique graffiti textiles synthesize an aesthetic that is perceived as masculine with an art form perceived as feminine, challenging dominant stereotypes of both spheres. Her quilted work embodies the narrative of graffiti's transcendence from a threatening underground culture into a movement whose aesthetics infiltrate the zeitgeist and adorn functional objects in the home. Her process is a simulation, and the product is an illustration of how the once-recognizable individual tag, word, or shape becomes hidden—sometimes even illegible—as it becomes part of the collective image made of anarchic impulses.
We are thrilled to be the exclusive source offering these works in Chicago and encourage you to come and view these unique, genre-defying quilts in person! If you can't make it to the gallery, this new collection is online here.