French artist Mademoiselle Maurice has taken to the streets and put a new spin on the traditional street art of graffiti. Her contribution to this urban art form on the streets of Paris is made with origami and handmade lace.
After studying architecture in Lyon and working in Geneva and Marseille, Mademoiselle Maurice lived for a year in Japan where she fell in love with the paper folding art of origami. When she returned home to France, she found the confines of her studio to be too small for the kinds of installation art she envisioned, so she decided to take to the streets as an urban art, graffiti artist.
Unlike the spray paint used in traditional graffiti street art, the paper and handmade lace Mademoiselle Maurice uses for her urban art installations have an ephemeral and transient quality, an impermanence that leaves no lasting mark. In her own words, her goals is to create art that “offers ways of escape…colorful and abstract thoughts… into a reality both repulsive and attractive”
Click on the link below to watch a video of the artist at work