Street Art Asheville:
"Don't Play by Their Rules"
photographs from the edges of Asheville
Whether it's done to express a way of seeing your life, give a voice to those who feel unheard, ponder the meaning of identity, pay tribute to those we have admired, or just play with the imagination, Asheville's street art helps us to see those who may be feeling less visible.
Street art (to borrow words from I Support Street Art)
is an optical intervention in a chosen point of public space.
It breaks through the layers
with provocative images that can make us uncomfortable
offering a mirror (sometimes literally) in which to see ourselves.
More than anything, street art makes us think...
and ask questions.
Street art is the underlying heartbeat, the pulse of a community ~
~ a dynamic, ephemeral guerilla conversation
of opinions and fears, humor and rages.
The ultimate game of tag, in an ever-changing playground.
As long as there is freedom of expression, the voices will be there for us to discover
even if we are uncertain of what they are trying to say.
And yet every so often, we will come across a message
that needs no explanation at all.
© Kristin Fellows 2012
(All images shot with a Canon)