Lily's Lantern: a Tale of the Graffiti Forest

Christa Barnell's avatar Christa Barnell

Inspired by the artist’s 18 year old cousin Lily, this portrait combines elements of her personality and interests to create a modern day fairy tale. Lily, an artist herself, brought to Christa’s attention the purity of graffiti as an art form and it’s transient nature. Barnell explains, “It’s really a kind of contemporary folk art, a raw part of our culture found in our backyards. It often goes unrecognized and unappreciated before it is eaten up by the elements. I wanted to celebrate street art in my own way by recreating it in a more permanent and traditional sense. Basically I’m dressing it up, bringing it indoors and hanging on the museum wall a theatrically urban rendition of Sleeping Beauty." The Chinese Lantern, a traveling plant with a wide spread root system, represents Lily's luminous spirit. The plant is also a sort of decorative weed- much like graffiti in the sense that it surfaces in locations regardless of an invitation and enriches it's landscape with life and color.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas
  • Width: 4
  • Year created: 2011
  • Height: 3