Elizabeth Soto-Lara Blog #2 Street art

What is meant by the term Street Art?

For me is any mural painted in public space that reflects a part of the society.

Does this Street Art reflect the character of the neighborhood it is in?

Yes, I believe is a portrait or the lifestyle and ideology of the people who live around.

What is the difference between legal and illegal Street Art?

I think the kind of painting, if is just graffiti with a signature and nothings to offer as a piece who make you think and reflect about your surroundings, it’d be illegal, otherwise I’d be art.

Is there such a thing as good or poor street art? Who determines what is good Street Art?

That’s kind of hard to define, it depends on every person and their perspective about what’s good taste and what’s not. For me, if it’s make me think and reflect about the society and the way “we’re evolving”, it art, not exactly poor or good, but art.

Does this particular Street Art have a certain style?

I think the neighborhood is very artistic  and this street is full of coffee shops, art galleries and all sort of art. It feels hippie in a way and very traditional, just like the mural.

Is it right for a street artist to make work over the top of another street artist?

If is complementing the conversation or spreading the topic, yes; if it’s completely different and out of context, I think is not ok.

Is it possible for a street artist to claim ownership and copyright of Street Art?

Of course! It’s his/her creativity, expression, it’s part of them.

What sort of notions does Street Art bring up about public and private property or space?

I think it reflect that public space should be public, not private.

Does this particular Street Art inform us or help us reflect upon certain important issues of our time, such as consumerism, human rights, socio, economic fairness in society, or individual rights of freedom of expression?

Most than reflect a social issue, I like this mural because it’s reflecting an important part of the Mexicans, a tradition that identify us and portraits the way we feel about death, the perspective we have of it. It’s picturing a very important tradition and celebration in the country and express how we, as Mexicans, don’t take death seriously, we mock of it. I believe is interesting, because tourist always get confused with this perspective we have and they think we’re crazy because we celebrate death, we make jokes about it, we even made a character of it, we’re not afraid of her.




Día de los Muertos. (Day of the Dead) Guadalajara Jalisco, Mexico. December 2016.

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