Meditations on Transformational Muralmaking / by SCAPE Martinez

Some recent meditations on a project I am working on...

I have learned over time that scale and location are becoming more and more important to me. It is not only about the image or it's message, it is more than that now. The size, the scope, the scale, all play a role in changing the sense of place, and in a way, the sense of self. How you relate or interact or receive a piece is intriguing to me.

Every element is a metaphor for something deeper
 Here are the tools to make wonderful music... for me everything can be a metaphor for something deeper.

Here are the tools to make wonderful music... for me everything can be a metaphor for something deeper.

From the very beginning we worked in a different manner. We interacted with the residents, (believe it or not, this is an apartment complex, you wouldn't know from driving by). We conducted art-making workshops, played with the kids, and shared food. We asked tons of questions, drew a lot of pictures and came up with many, many themes... I believe that it was transformational, and it will continue to be...

Projects like this build a stronger sense of community, because of the conversations that we create.
 Starting layer by layer, I approached the space in three layers, like three layers of skin, or layers of earth, both indicating a sense of time...

Starting layer by layer, I approached the space in three layers, like three layers of skin, or layers of earth, both indicating a sense of time...

When you show up, all the youth you worked with, and schemed with, and scribbled with, show up too. Asking questions... "Are you REALLY going to paint this? Are you Superman? Why paint here? Why us?".. because you are important, especially in this season in time.

When you create openly, and not in your art studio, there is a different sensibility that gets displayed, between the artist and the viewer.
 The narrow path, busy street, quite a different scenario than anything else that I've done...

The narrow path, busy street, quite a different scenario than anything else that I've done...

 And so it grows, surprisingly intricate in spaces, very, very much alive...

And so it grows, surprisingly intricate in spaces, very, very much alive...

I call it Transformational Muralmaking, because it is not just the artist imposing his will onto a public surface. It is far more layered and nuanced than that. We are transforming environments and young minds.
 As we rise...

As we rise...

If you see me, you should stop by and holla. I am a student in all of this as well, during every session I am learning more and more about myself, and the community that I am serving in, because essentially I feel this is an act of service.

 And to the right, here we go... the buff continues...

And to the right, here we go... the buff continues...

In the end after a few weeks of work, we got the lower layers completed, and now it's on the the second layer. This is a realization of a communities ideas, contributing to the cultural fabric, I am grateful to be the filter.