I'm currently working on a new sugar mural, destined to be installed in downtown Montreal, in the Quartier Spectacle, just outside of Metro St. Laurent. It's part of Under Pressure, a graffiti festival in Montreal that is 21 years strong. Check out their website for details on all the events coinciding this weekend (August 10-14). http://underpressure.ca/
Here are some pics of my process in studio.
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
During Under Pressure, Montreal artist Shelley Miller will install an ephemeral 7 foot x 7 foot mural made entirely of sugar. This hand-painted tile mural, reminiscent of heroically themed azulejo ceramic murals, addresses the links between colonization and slavery. The image seeks to illustrate the current epidemic of young black men disproportionately imprisoned or targeted by police with lethal consequences. Miller has chosen to focus this theme in the context of Brazil to represent a global issue of injustice at the hands of police. Her losing a loved one due to profiling and her commitment to social justice were the inspiration to the project.
Where the mural begins as a crisp and fresh image, it will soon erode, devolving from decadence into decay; a symbol of memento mori as well as the destructive legacy that colonization continues to have. The painted imagery on the mural will quickly fade as a reminder of both actual loss as well as the fading attention these stories receive in the public consciousness.