When I travel I’m always on the look out for interesting street art. I find this arresting piece on the corner of a dilapidated wall in Milan. The title “Cornered” relates to the figure’s physical placement on a corner as well as referring to the tense situation she dramatizes. Note “a disagio” on the top left of the yellow rectangle. It means discomfort.
Street art soon weathers, fades and tears. It has a very limited life span. Now and then I find a piece that I’d like to give another kind of life to – by making a drawing of it. Most of my street art collection is from sources I found in Paris including “Rebel Rebel” which I drew in 2018.
You can view nearly two decades of my street art drawings here. Not only is it the art itself that I am interested in but where it is placed and the (often decaying) conditions of the surrounding surfaces. While it makes its mark on urban structures it also marks time until eventually it vanishes without a trace – as indeed, in the end, do we!
Afterword: When I posted “Cornered” on Facebook, a reader identified where the original image had come from. The actress was Betty Lou Gerson from the 1949 film “The Red Menace”.