Self Portrait, 2019
Spray Paint / Methylated Spirits on Acrylic & Polymer Film
This self-portrait of a concerned expression is a reflection of an artist’s struggle who relies on their art as their sole income. “I wanted the piece to maintain a raw effect so I custom made it, including strategically laying out the money pattern. I kept the artwork in greyscale with the use of drips, to emphasise my favoured medium, spray paint.”
On the correct viewing angle, the obscure decorative details from the printed polymer film (money) can present the viewer with a colourful pattern and are suggestive of a reflective bright future. From these different angles, the artwork can have a shiny holographic effect combined with reflections from the anthracite grey mirror-chrome back piece.
The contrasting colours create a juxtaposition between the two layers. He says, ‘the repetitive colour backdrop sits as a fill for the piece and also represent the phrase, “spend money to make money” while questioning, will the artwork be worth more or less in its current form and the future?’
Skr3am, pronounced, “Scream Three”, is an international graffiti/street artist with a double degree. He spent most of his life in Melbourne, seeing each city visited as ‘giant playgrounds’. He has taken his talents from the sub-cultured graffiti environment to the groundbreaking street level aerosol art, onto the professional aesthetic of avant-garde installation. He continuously attempts to step outside the norm to create new concepts around the street art genre.