There’s a charm to Alice Pasquini’s street art which evades the presence of much portraiture. Their sketchiness, their urban canvas, their subtle blended colouring, there’s a real vibe to them which gives off something genuine in the faces of the subjects.
As with her other illustrations, these works have an atmosphere. What adds so much to them though is the of the walls she chooses to paint on. By creating her personalised and visually warming pictures, she creates characters, and by urbanising them into a street setting, she gives these characters a location, a home. Character + setting = the two most engaging parts of any story.
“I create art about people and their relationships, I’m interested in
representing human feelings and exploring different points of view.
I especially like to depict strong and independant women”
Aesthetically speaking there’s a story here. The characters she creates are ones you can imagine in the setting they’re placed in, and the initial charm’s enhanced as we’re able to delve and see the life and humanity behind them. It’s difficult to really humanise the grounded bleakness of urban living, but the successful attempts at it show a humanity and lust for life quite unlike any other. In much the same way the film Paranoid Park creates fleeting images of skateboarders drifting their way through a deprived but expressive life, Pasquini’s street art visualises the momentary beauty of everyday mundanity into a permanent image, and reminder, of the essence of life whatever your circumstances. To live and be living.