In advance of Moniker in Brooklyn this May, we are interviewing some of the artists who are influenced both by street practice and fine art as the contemporary urban art category continues to evolve. Today, BSA is talking to Egle Zvirblyte.
A modern champion of voluptuous female sexuality in eye-popping technicolor, the Lithuanian illustrator, commercial artist, and muralist Egle Zvirblyte sets minds ablaze with a knowing smile courtesy her not-so-discreet organic shapes that please and play. Her Brooklyn visit while showing at Moniker will bring more graphic girl power to the street as well as the art fair.
A student of Film and Spatial Design in London, she has been creating her own 2-D graphic mindspace in cities like Melbourne, Bali, Tokyo and Barcelona – now splitting here time between London and Vilnius.
Egle Zvirblyte. “Mushroom Tamer” (image © the artist)
Brooklyn Street Art: How would you describe your work to someone who is seeing it for the first time?
Egle Zvirblyte: My work is bright, juicy, punch-your-face explosion. It’s funny and self-aware. I like to explore real and fictional human relationships with themselves and the surrounding universe.
BSA: What is your intersection with Brooklyn and it’s history of Street Art and graffiti?
Egle Zvirblyte: I come from an illustration background but I have been schooled in street art history by my ex-graffiti-writer boyfriend. I’m enjoying being a fresh-faced baby on the scene.
Egle Zvirblyte. “The Lovers” (photo courtesy of the artist)
BSA: What’s most important to you?
Egle Zvirblyte: To be able to create freely, to constantly grow as a person and as an artist, and to be excited about the future.
BSA: Are graffiti and Street Art allowed to change, or should there be a strict definitions they adhere to?
Egle Zvirblyte: I believe that like with any art, you should know your history, but be here to create a new one. Everything is a constant evolution, why try to stop it?
Egle Zvirblyte. “Got Your Back” (photo courtesy from the artist)
BSA: Moniker says your work has been influential and/or fundamental to urban & contemporary art’s growth. Can you see their point?
Egle Zvirblyte: I’m not sure yet where I stand in the grand scheme of things, but I guess I do have a strong voice as a woman artist. Not that I’m trying to be loud or didactic, but that I’m creating irreverent work from very personal experience, staying as honest as I can. I think people relate to that.
BSA: Name one artist whose work you admire today.
Egle Zvirblyte: Gabriel Alcala
Egle Zvirblyte. “Always True Never Sorry” (photo courtesy from the artist)
For more information please go to Moniker Art Fair HERE.
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