miss. Tech: Invisible Stencil Magic

to meWith her leather jacket and sunglasses, and her jet-black hair, often covered with a hat, she didn’t go unnoticed. Nothing more than his works: large black-and-red frescoes depicting silhouettes of women, accompanied by poetic legends in the form of aphorisms. Street artist known by the pseudonym Miss. Tek (her real name was Razia Novat) passed away on Sunday, May 22nd at the age of 66.

His paintings began to flourish on the facades of the capital in 1985, the day after a romantic breakup. She said that at the age of 29, she began almost compulsively covering the walls of Paris with self-portraits accompanied by frustrating formulas. “Let’s be happy while waiting for happiness” or “A man is a woman’s past” or “I am not waiting for love, it is waiting for me.”

Having grown up at the foot of Montmartre, on the side of the Boulevard Barbie, the artist wore a bastard air that hid the great fragility on his shoulder. She was ten years old when a very serious road accident killed her mother, brother and grandmother. She herself was seriously injured. Just like her father who died in 1972 when she was only 16 years old.

nights in the mail

Having studied graphic art, she began working for theater designers and graphic design agencies, before becoming a street actress for a theater company called Zero Driving.

But she will become famous through street art. She is passionate about the stencil technique, as it allows to act quickly and is left on the stone like a form of tattoo. She was in California, where she resided between 1980 and 1985, that’s Miss. Tek says he discovered the art of graffiti. Then it was a poorly accepted art, and the forbidding perfume does not anger him.

“I no longer count the nights I spent in the publication in the eighties,” added the plastic artist, who confirmed that she took her artistic name from a character in Mickey’s Diary : A witch named Miss Tick regularly tries to steal from the Scrooge’s uncle. Galerie Christophe, near the Champs Elysees, has represented her, since 1987.

In 1997, shortly after they were caught decorating a wall in the Marais, Miss. Teck receives a fine of more than 20,000 francs for vandalism. The episode now encourages her to systematically seek permission from homeowners to decorate her with one of her drawings.

The artist would benefit from institutional recognition in the early 2000s by beginning to reject his work on various supports (wood, canvas, fabrics, and even concrete blocks) with the multiplication of books published by Lilia Murdoch Gallery that will dedicate several exhibitions. “Miss. Teck was a wonderful person. His work in his image. I found this wonderful balancing point between text and image,” said Lilia Murdoch, whom she met in the late 1990s through a mutual friend: artist Gérard Dellavos.

Fashion and cinema

Soon the fashion world (Kenzo or Louis Vuitton) claimed, Miss. Tic will multiply the experiences, even working in the world of cinema. This is how I designed the poster The girl was cut in twoWritten by Claude Chabrol in 2007.

Participated in international contemporary art exhibitions (presented at the Venice Biennale in 2006), some of her works have since joined major museum institutions: the Municipal Fund for Contemporary Art in Paris (1989), the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (2005), Ingres Museum in Montauban (2009), Mucem Museum in Marseille (2013).

Good pun, miss. Tek played the accompanying stereotypes of the representation of femininity. “I hijack the image of a woman that the media, advertising, and fashion give us. I develop a certain image of a woman not in order to promote it, but to question it. I do some kind of inventory of women’s jobs. What positions do we choose to exist?” she replied when asked about the importance of her work.

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I determined, at this point, not to be a feminist: “I am worse! Humanist, comic, anarchist. But what I present in my creativity is above all the idea of ​​freedom, even of interpretation. Since everyone can determine the meaning of what they see, understand the pun or subtlety.” as they see fit. By pastiche the femme fatale, fetishism, I deplore the relationship of domination, ideological subordination, masculinity, and fetishism.” Near Jérôme Mesnager covering the walls with his white bodies but also of the painters Jef Aérosol, Speedy Graphito or VLP (Vive) La Peinture) trio, all the heirs of this generation’s artists known as “Free Figuration” artists belong to Ben, François Boisrond, Robert Combas or even Hervé Di Rosa, Ms. Tic has influenced many street artists, including C215, JR, and even Banksy. In 2011, La Poste asked the artist to create twelve stamps that were published for International Women’s Rights Day.

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