I was born in Warsaw, Poland and I still live here. I painted since I remember, but I started to paint on the streets in 2009. That was the moment, when I was born again, I became NeSpoon. That’s why I like to say that I’m 5 years old.
You cen meet my works in many countries: Poland, Germany, England, Holland, Sweden, Italy, Portugal, Austria, USA, Egypt, West Bank, India, Thailand… I don’t remember where else. I travel a lot.
• Your work is called “jewelry of the public space”, how did this fantastic idea occur to you, to make jewelry for the public space?
I live in very beatiful country, but since collapse of communism the city landscape here was distroyed by invasion of millions of ads, mostly illegally placed. Eight years ago together with a group of friends we founded an NGO, the association which only one goal was to put a stop to the advertising chaos in our landscape, by changing the law. But formal action was not enough for me, after three years I decided to improve the public space on my own, using my art skills. I thought that if the largest, reputable companies can operate illegally in public spaces – I can too.
• Many artists mention the will to communicate to the public as one of the reasons that they create street art. If your art has a message, what would it be?
I try to make positive art and to invoke positive emotions by the people. I use lace patterns, because in every lace we can find a universal aesthetic code, which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, some kind of order and harmony. Is it not that which we all are looking instinctively for?
Sometimes in my work I comment as well social and political issues that I consider to be important.
• What are some of the difficulties, even danger, that women street artists encounter when they are at work?
I never felt any particular danger because I’m a woman-artist. OK, if you paint alone, in the night, in the bad district of foreign city, you don’t feel comfortable and it’s better to avoid such situation not as artist, but as a woman. On the contrary, many times when I painted alone on the street I received a lot of help and kindness from local peaople, just because I was a girl. The difficulties? Well, street art is bassically similar to construction work, you have to manage with ladder, buckets, scaffoldings, other haevy stuff. It’s exhausting for girls, but I like it.
• What do you think of being a woman artist? Does your gender play a role in your graffiti projects?
Of course. I think that no man would use the laces as a medium, it’s women’s thing. I travel a lot and all over the world only women weave laces. It’s very symbolic, it’s a proof that we are the source of natural harmony in the universe, it flows out of us.
The Urban Art Esch project has started with first of the three teasers! The ChekosArt collective (artists Chekos and AniaK) and Frank Lucignolo made all the way from Lecce in Italy to Luxembourg in July to dig into the reality and history of Esch-sur-Alzette.
The kiosk in Galgebieerg Park, used by the inhabitants for all kind of celebrations have turned into the gallery of murals representing the mining history of the city. Many inhabitants welcomed the painting with curiosity and appreciation, supported the artists with the daily visits and good word; groups of children were happy to get dirty and help while helping the artists.
Inside the kiosk the amazing optical mural representing children of Luxembourg was painted.
The Chekos Art collective is a duo of artists and activists (=artivists) active in south of Italy and Poland. They tell about themselves: “Street art reevaluates abandoned areas and gives educational messages for residents used to material and moral decay. In our projects, we always try involving the locals. Most of our works are made on buildings in a state of decay, giving them new life.Every time we make a mural, we try to observe and gather as
much information as possible about the place. We build a path of innovation that goes beyond
mural’s aesthetics, without taking away the sense of identity which the place gives to the community”. It was the third time when they were hosted in Luxembourg, after taking part in Kufa Urban Art Festival in 2014.
More info about the project on FB under URBAN ART ESCH, in co-operation with Kulturfabrik, Art Square asbl and the municipality of Esch.