|think critically or die trying, Stela // Starchild Stela|
In an interview on The Art of Getting Ovaries, I've learned that Stela sees her work not as "street art" but more as a "hybrid form of graffiti" most often using spray-paint, but not painting letters. In relation to the historical significance of graffiti she speaks to it as a form of resistance, "talking back, reclaiming the space that is controlled by people beholding power."
Stela was asked if her graffiti takes on a social message, in addition to style, or if it was a combination of both. She says it's both. "I love adding a little feminist twist to my pieces. I don't' really intend to add a social message to my pieces, the words I add often reflects the discussion I'm having with friends. But indeed we are talking about what matters to us, and what makes us pissed off. I guess the social message resides in the eyes of the viewer too."
|cats against cat-calls|
|fuck you and your macho bullshit|
While Stela talks about how her graffiti is a combination of both style and message, for her, it is primarily about self-care. "It's a way to make me feel better first, a way to cope with society's and personal bullshit. I like adding sentences like, "Think critically or die tryin'" or "Fuck your macho bullshit" under my characters." It's clear that the presence of Stela's work in our public spaces is resonant with viewers.
If you are interested, I really suggest checking out her interview where she touches on "the value of finding a peer to paint and talk feminist politics with, her social and political aesthetics, public reception and how painting helped her 'reclaim her girlhood' and her feminist identity, the value of illegal graffiti, and being an out queer graffiti writing wishing for a community."
Wall of Femmes loves what you are doing, Stela!