It’s all Gilf

Rising Brooklyn street artist Gilf discusses her latest projects…

When did you start making art?

I went to art school in college but designed furniture and focused on interior design for years. It was only after being completely outraged by what was happening in the world did I start making street art in 2008, then subsequently studio work followed.

What inspires your work?

I’m motived by all the apathetic, uninspired people. I want them to care. That’s why my work is on the street, approachable, and easy to understand.

Can you tell us about your solo exhibition?

I’m currently showing work at Gallerie Swanström in Soho. It’s really refreshing to work with a gallerist who is as passionate about my work and the issues I discuss as I am.

You currently have a limited edition hand embellished Equality print on sale at 1X run. How does studio work compare with street art?

Studio work isn’t much different for me in terms of process. The conceptual process is very much the same. These prints were done by Axelle Fine Art printing house in Brooklyn. It was a great learning experience for me as its my first screen print.

You just did the artwork for the Savages premiere afterparty – can you talk us through that?

It was a fun project to be a part of. We were asked to create art based on the three main characters in the movie. It was a fun diversion from my normal work which is typically political and socially focused.

What is your personal favorite work?

The Big Swim, The Colonel, or Oh Yeah? (above)

Whose work do you admire?

I’ve always admired Swoon, her work is what inspired me to make my own. I also really respect Do Ho Suh, Ai Wei Wei, Bansky, and Boxi.

Do you listen to music while creating your pieces?

I’ve been listening to Nirvana’s album Bleach a lot lately.

Is there a ‘street art community’ in NY?

Absolutely. It’s alive, growing, and evolving. It’s awesome to see new pieces in the street and wonder about the person behind the work.

What’s your ultimate goal?

I would like to affect major social and environmental change. Whether my work is a catalyst for another idea or I’m able to do some of the big projects I have in mind. Life is too short and the world too delicate to ignore the serious challenges we face as a global society.


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