India Snow is currently studying Fine Art at Brighton University. I’ve known India since we were both very young – our mums met and became inseparable friends, resulting in many of our childhood memories being shared ones. Even from when we were kids, I was aware that India and her family were wonderfully unique. From knowing this, it comes to know surprise for me that she has grown with an ease in her ability to express her interest and affiliation with art.
Much of India’s inspiration comes from the street art scene. Something that I love about street art, and India’s pieces, are the sheer size by which they can be executed. This makes attention to detail perhaps arguably even more important – one line or dot that doesn’t stay in keeping with the rest of the design can instantly stand out.
From my understanding, street art, or graffiti, began as a way to define territory – somewhere in America’s urban 70’s scene – and originally had quite consistent, familiar or similar themes. Now, street art can range from anything – tagging to pop art, from stencils to intricately designed conscious pieces, and every black, white and neon colour in between. From walking around Brighton, it’s quite humbling to see large pieces which are even allowed to exist – although street art, graffiti and urban culture may be understood as art to some, its still considered vandalism by others. However, Brighton seems to embrace this creative use of space which would otherwise be grey, dull and fruitless, instead turning into something animated, often evoking deep though and demanding attention. For this reason, since moving to Brighton a year ago, India has entirely divulged in all the free art Brighton has to offer, taking note of inspiring pieces and keeping track on local graffiti artists.
What are your preferred materials?
Recently I’ve been using a wide range of pro-markers (quick dry permanant markers) to execute my art work. I think I like using them because they’re quick drying and come in a large range of colours too. I’m hoping to concentrate more on screen printing this upcoming year.
You’re leaning towards graffiti at the moment, can you tell me any inspirational graffiti artists you’ve been following?
Yes, I think the fact that I use pro-markers has a lot to do with my love for graffiti; I really enjoy following the scene. I’ve recently had a go at doing my own throw up (which I wouldn’t exactly call a success!) but it felt good to do it as it’s something I have always wanted to do. The graffiti/street artist that I like to follow are MSK (brighton based), Vodker (brighton based). I’m also into the street artist Miss van, Judith Supine and swoon. Alongside that, I’ve also have a great appreciation for artists such as Keith Haring and Jean michael Basquiat who have been pioneering in their approach to street art and graffiti.
Do you have a preference on what you like to draw?
I don’t think I have a preference on what i like to base my artwork on, I think I rely a lot on intuition to help me make a decision on what I want to draw.
Can you remember what first got you into art? Was there a particular artists or moment that you can recall?
I remember being about 4 years old and watching a episode of Sister Sister which was set in the american suburbs. There was a scene that had a Keith Haring mural in it, and I specifically remember being taken aback by his stuff, even though I was at such a young age. So I guess that means I’ve always loved graffiti/street art. I must have been – I also remember being constantly pestered by my friends to write the titles for their work in bubble writing, which meant I must have mastered it pretty young!
India also runs her own blogg, where she photographs interesting people she comes across along her escapades around Brighton, called Concrete Dolls. Follow it here!
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