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West Philly Graffiti Collage

I lived in West Philly from 1995 until 2002. West Philly is its own universe; constantly changing and growing. Alive and dynamic, it also continues to deal with familiar urban issues. In the heart of West Philly, there stands a wall on the side of a thrift store. The wall has become a permanent canvas for a group of local graffiti artists. The wall, like West Philly, is in a state of constant influx.

The graffiti art inspires me. I started taking photographs of the wall several years ago. Experimenting with photo filters, I decided to add my own work to the wall graffiti photos by digitally drawing and collaging onto the image. In graffiti terms, this is called “slashing” (when one graffiti artist tags another’s work). It is viewed as dissing the original artist’s work and is a big no-no. My intention to add my own original digital drawing and vintage ephemera collage cut-outs to the existing street art is to pay homage to the artists (unknown) and to add layers to the work to create a new story.

I have acquired an extensive amount of vintage and antique ephemera in the last 20 years. Native American imagery is prominent in my work. The Native American images in this series originate from a children’s book written at the turn of the Century. In this series, I address poverty, drugs,violence and racial tension. The use of bold pop art color is essential in this series as it represents joy and happiness- even when dealing with huge obstacles.

A limited portfolio (containing all five images printed on high-quality rag paper) are available. The printed images measure 10 inches by 13 inches. Serious inquiries only.


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Wall Graffiti, West Philly #1 Digital Collage (Sugar Kills) 2015

Medium: Original photo with original digital drawings and antique Victorian ephemera imagery collage

Size: 10 x 13 inches


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Wall Graffiti, West Philly #2 Digital Collage (Migraine Headache) 2015

Medium: Original photo with original digital drawings and antique Victorian ephemera imagery collage

Size: 10 x 13 inches


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Wall Graffiti, West Philly #3 Digital collage (Home is Where the Heart Is) 2015

Medium: Original photo with original digital drawings and antique Victorian ephemera imagery collage

Size: 10 x 13 inches


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Wall Graffiti, West Philly #4 Digital Collage (War) 2015

Medium: Original photo with original digital drawings and antique Victorian ephemera imagery collage

Size: 10 x 13 inches


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Wall Graffiti, West Philly #5 Digital collage (Legacy)

Medium: Original photo with original digital drawings and antique Victorian ephemera imagery collage

Size: 10 x 13 inches