By Vincent Morgan |  Published on Monday, January 11, 2010.

Interview of the female graffiti artist Ouch from New Zealand.


Thanks to the graffgirlz team, you’ll have the pleasure to read on FatCap interviews of female graffiti artists. Here’s an interview of Ouch. She’s from Hamilton, New Zealand.

Presentation :

I'm 23, I live in Hamilton New Zealand, I've been painting graffiti since 2004, and my crew is TNC.


What is your definition of graffiti? Do you living it daily? How do you see the world of graffiti today? Why do you love graffiti?


To me graffiti is art that speaks to the youth first and foremost, it's innovative, and raw, and a mark of the unkown that represents real life in a city. I see graffiti as something very valuable and misunderstood, something that is both hated and loved, and something that has a life of its own. I love the freedom you get from doing graffiti, sure people in the graffiti word might try to impose rules on you, but when it comes down to it, there are no rules when youre out painting, after being told in art school; what to draw, how to draw, when to draw, graffiti became a way for me to vent, and feel free.


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What are your sources of inspiration, and your references in graffiti?


I get ideas from everywhere, from flims, books, art, conversations, music, but I would have to say that my main source of inspiration comes from people who are better than me.



Do you have supports of predilection, preferred environments? What do you think of the use of canvas?

I have a preference towards high impact pieces, with an emphasis on drawing ideas from beyond what currently exists in graffiti. I like to paint in chilled out spots on a sunny day where I know no ones going to bother me, but i also love the excitement of being out late at night bombing. I love painting on canvas, its the only way for paintings to be safe and treasured. But people need to be aware of the changes which occur when a work is taken from the street and put on a canvas, they cant be appproached the same way because the paintings life is very different from when it is on the street to when it is on a canvas, you can't expect them to operate in the same way in the eye of the viewer.


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Do you make vandals sessions regularly? If not why? If yes How you feel when you are doing illegal graffiti? What is different between the experience of doing illegal and legal walls? Do you get the same satisfaction?

Since I'm living with my boyfriend I find I don't go out at night anywhere near as often as I used to, or would like to, because now I spend my nights with him instead of alone, which is when i would usually go painting. No I dont get the same satisfaction from doing legal walls, I still take pride in my work but I dont have the same strong memory of the adventure it took to paint as I get when I look at my illegal stuff.

A good memory? A bad one?

Always good. That is unless the painting didnt turn out so good

How do you wish to evolve in graffiti, what are your projects (exibitions, trips, new supports…)?

I would like to paint with more people, up my game. Participate in more group shows, because they are the best fun and it's a chance for me to have my art concidered as fine art. I'd also really love to have a solo exhibition. I would like my work to be recognised instantly as my own without having to sign it. And I would like to encourage others to paint.


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According to you, being a woman in graffiti which is a world mainly masculine, it is an asset, or a difficulty? How are you perceived by the male writers? Do you have privileged contacts with the other females writers?


I dont see how it is any different, having a dick makes no difference to ones ability to paint. I have no idea what male writers think of me. I have a certain afiliation with other female writers, but I think this comes from being proud to be the minority.



Any last words ?

Thanks to anyone who has stopped to look at my paintings, to TNC for the respect, to anyone I have ever painted with, and to anyone I have ever discussed graffiti with, because you all make me better at what I do.


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