In recent years, forms of artistic expression such as modeling, singing, and painting have become much more respected as careers.
In the past, most young people who wanted to pursue careers in these creative fields were persuaded to find a more “practical” career. However, the truth is that we are all made differently. We aren’t all born to be doctors or engineers. Some of us are particularly talented in various forms of art and that’s not a bad thing! Instead of being discouraged from following our dreams, it’s time we stand up for what we love. We can take notes from South African street artist Nardstar.
South Africa-born, Cape Town-based street artist Nardstar is known internationally for her incredible graffiti and mural art. Her work is colorful and inspired by nature, realism, and humankind. Nardstar’s work has been featured in South Africa, the United States, and France.
While the reputation of street artists has changed recently to a positive one, street art is still quite a male-dominated industry. It is much more difficult for women to break into the street art industry at all, much less become well-known and respected artists. Nardstar is the exception. Not only is her presence as a talented street artist shattering these glass ceilings, but so is her art. She has recently begun painting portraits of women of color on streets and buildings in South Africa. She has stated publicly that this is because women are not celebrated enough in public spaces and she wants to change this. However, Nardstar is also passionate about bringing more girls and women into the street art industry. She is pioneering a movement, using her art as the weapon to eradicate gender inequality in these spaces.We love what Nardstar is doing and believe that both her art and her activism are truly revolutionary. Women and girls in South Africa should be encouraged to practice their talents and follow their dreams just as much as men. When it comes to the street art industry, this is the perfect space for up-and-coming artists to make a name for themselves.
“Photo credit for all photos in this article goes to Nardstar”