Preconceived ideas of what it means to be a street artist are soon thrown out of the window when looking at Jane Mutiny. She uses a paintbrush rather than a spray can and compared with many of her street artist friends, hasn’t produced many artworks and doesn’t spontaneously head out at 2am to find a blank wall in the right location and start painting. Her murals take time and detailed planning; subjects need to be researched, designs need to be sketched out, surfaces need to be prepared, paints need to be mixed and sometimes scaffolding needs to be erected. Perhaps most important of all though, is Jane Mutiny’s commitment to raising awareness about endangered wildlife, conservation and the extinction crisis through her street art.

Originally graduating with a fine art degree from Falmouth College of Arts in 2007, it wasn’t until a chance encounter with a Bengali tiger whilst on holiday in India some years later that something fundamentally changed for the artist. This would become one of a number of key moments, which would inspire Jane to focus her work on helping to secure a more caring and equal attitude towards all species. As Jane outlines on her artist statement:

“I want people to look at the animals in my paintings and see them the way I do; vivid, exciting and endlessly fascinating. But I also want them to see the fragility and uncertainty that underpins my work”.

So why specifically street art as a vehicle for change? Street art is more accessible and democratic than other art forms. For the audience, it brings down gallery walls, sidestepping the idea that visiting galleries is for some a ‘high brow’ activity, off limits to them. Combining street art and a political message also has the added benefit of enabling the artist to talk to the public directly about the issues associated with the work in progress.

“When I’m working on a wall, more often than not people will come up to you and start talking. Kids are drawn in and want to know what you are doing”.

With the devastating effects of human behavior on the natural world being seen on an unprecedented scale, the work of Jane Mutiny and others like her are more important than ever. Find out more about Jane Mutiny’s work here:

Website: http://janelaurie.com

Twitter: @Jane_Mutiny

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