“You must have rocks in your head if you think that you are going out with your friends dressed like that!” says your mom as you add more gel to your hair while pouring over every detail of your magnificence in the mirror. Honestly, your parents are so square.
“Rocks in your head” is an idiom meant to infer that someone
is thoroughly stupid, crazy, absurd — and with world news combined
with a firehose of entertainment and disinformation flooding you from every
direction today, sometimes you wonder about the thoughts, emotions, and
memories that you have to process inside your head just to remain “balanced”
That’s what artist Cristina Daura was thinking about when she created her new public art mural for the Contorno Urbano community mural program called 12+1 in Barcelona. She went to MICA in Baltimore for illustration, and spent a few years working in dead-end, unfulfilling jobs until she struck out on her own drawing comics and illustrating about things that interest her most for music and publishing clients.
“Her artwork plays
with the mind, using primary colors in harsh, punk and somehow macabre
illustrations, where decapitated or faceless people are often protagonists,”
says Contorno Urbano in a recent email.
“As if it were
an x-ray, the artist has represented a head full of things, thoughts, and emotions.
On the one hand, the flowers symbolize the illusion and the deepest dreams of
human beings. On the other, the rocks are destructive and cause a
The community based Contorno Urbano
continues to provide opportunities to local and visiting artists to access
public space for their explorations on walls in a suburb of Barcelona. Not
necessarily from the graffiti or Street Art world, they none the less are
examining the practice of putting your stuff up to a general audience of
passersby. Today we bring you some shots of their textile-influenced midsomer
walls with Allessia Innocenti from Chile and Mariadela Araujo who is originally
Innocenti studied fine arts and painting and spent much of her early career
teaching children and adults. Here she’s still working collaboratively to
install a grouping of geometric shapes of yarns that take their influence from
fractals and studies of symmetry.
Ms. Araujo presents a study for a new textile pattern she has created- a
repeating pattern of subtle shading that has similarities to sixties optic art.
Having completed projects of embroidery on a large scale in Caracas, Rome and
Helsinki, here she presents a piece of embroidery in large format as a mural, in
all of its chromatic variations.