WARSAW, Poland — Warsaw-based artist NeSpoon’s intricate lace-inspired work has popped up all over the world with her unique fusion of ceramic, textile, and spray paint street art. Unlike Dickens’ piteous imagery of Miss Havisham’s vain decades-old wedding party, NeSpoon’s innovative use of traditional, ornamental lace motifs evokes romance and charm in unexpected ways.
Above image: NeSpoon, Pont-l’Abbe, France, 2015.
NeSpoon tells My Modern Met her work is akin to “public jewelry” turning things like utility boxes, abandoned homes and street signs into something beautiful.
Jewelry makes people look pretty, my public jewelry has the same goal, make public places look better. I would like people who discover, here and there, my small applications, to smile and just simply feel better.
NeSpoon says she finds freedom in using public spaces as her canvas. Her unique brand of street art is painted directly onto a surface with an intricate stencil, woven into its environment and even translated in clay. Like a spider web, NeSpoon’s textile work intertwines through space while reaching for points of structural support.
NeSpoon’s ceramic work effortlessly melds into organic and industrial forms; a secret discovery in the hollow of a tree or in a much-overlooked stone wall.
NeSpoon expresses in her artist essay that her work isn’t merely about beautification.
In laces there is an aesthetic code, which is deeply embedded in every culture. In every lace we find symmetry, some kind of order and harmony, isn’t that what we all seek for instinctively?
In addition to her street art, NeSpoon has also undertaken since 2012 a decades-long almost meditative work Thoughts, where she hand-forms porcelain petals from left over clay. She intends to create nearly 35 thousand petals, which she’ll invite visitors to touch and wade through her thoughts.
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