Lady. K 156 Allstarz

Lady. K 156 Allstarz

“If surrealism is imbued with the aesthetic of dreams and situationism with drunkenness, direct democracy is undoubtedly the prerogative of writing.” - Lady. K

In the beginning of 2000s, Lady. K stood out and established herself in the very masculine world of writing by her style and her approach, which mixes risk-taking and modification of reality, inscribing her practice in the line of interventionists. And her actions, filmed in public, never go unnoticed: dressed in Zara, she intervenes in broad daylight in the urban environment with flowing ink markers and very high-pressure spray paint that she takes from her Louis-Vuitton bag. In her unique standpoint, she breaks the order of silence in the public space. The ready-made, body art and lettering are references that she regularly invokes in her work.

Since her childhood, Lady. K has been experimenting with different mediums, when she sketched spooky characters with endless legs on whole reams of paper, or when she made graffiti all over her classroom library, turning it into a jungle. Very early on, she started to collect books and images of modern art. Then at college, she put aside her schooling to devote herself to painting, sometimes sporting a shaved head, or hair in supernatural colours, then tattooed herself. Shewas attending trendy parties dressed as extravagantly as the most beautiful creatures of Parisian nights. After having skipped more than 99,5% of the lessons from the first to the final year, she was quite naturally accepted at the Beaux-Arts in Paris - where she particularly liked theoretical courses, but preferred to escape the closed world of workshops and go paint outside. After the Beaux-Arts, Lady. K continued her studies at the Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Her work around the letters revisits the historical styles of graffiti - in particular the massive lettering of the "block letter", or on the contrary those of the "wild style" tangled to the point of illegibility - by mixing them with English calligraphy from her earliest days of urban experiments in the mid-1990s. When she stepped up her writing practice in 1997, Lady. K was probably the first girl to go out tagging all night long. Her style stands out from other writers, who are inspired by New York lettering. Drawing on the body of signs specific to writing, Lady. K proposes a permeability between abstraction and figuration. A versatile artist, her great activity is carried out as much in the street as in the grounds, in the depots of trains as on notebooks, or paintings. She is also interested in the relations between science and art. Experiencing painting in different mediums has lead her to constantly rethink her relationship to the city and to art.

Bernard Fontaine.


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