Women Refining the Art of the Streets

 

Few and Far is an assemblage of women who beautify the streets.  In a shared commitment to creativity, education and social justice we draw, paint, skateboard and teach all over the globe.

Street art is an international, visual language that ever evolves.  A mural is a story and each artist takes her turn in the telling. Using our gifts as totem makers, Few and Far’s reflection of the world is fantastic and distinctly feminine. By engaging our community in our narrative, we seek to foster young imagination, to help the neighborhood’s next generation recognize and channel their creative impulses.  This conversation between artists and communities is an ongoing, global project to heal and bring together all peoples. 

 

In June 2011, Meme organized a mural in industrial Oakland, CA with the unique intention of celebrating female graffiti and street artists.  17 women from varying places, politics and styles participated.   The result was not only a visual feat but an outpouring of support and accolades. The neighborhood was suddenly electrified by the prospect of public art, specifically street art created by women.  Sponsorships and video projects resulted organically. That first collaborative work was titled Few and Far, giving this group of talented, hardworking women it’s name.

Even more importantly, the participants realized how much being a part of an all female team aided them in their ideas, their techniques and their sense of self.  The level of fellowship, support and understanding was a surprising discovery; they had created, without realizing it, a matriarchal model for public artmaking.  The group naturally magnetizes attention and with each project, their collaborative process evolves.
Alongside the large public murals, Few and Far organizes and participates in numerous all-female skateboarding events nationwide further committing to the empowerment of women and girls.  In a male dominated subculture, these forms of expression are potent teaching tools for youth.  Few and Far seeks to validate these emerging styles for the next generation.

Members herald from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, New York City, Miami, Seattle, New Jersey, Great Britain, Ecuador, Mexico and Australia among other places.  A road trip with Few and Far members along the West Coast in 2012 produced civic sanctioned public works in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Tijuana. They have produced murals at Art Basel Miami for three consecutive years and have brought art to communities in Bali, Thailand, the Philippines, the Bahamas, Israel, Spain, Germany, Sweden, UK, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Costa Rica.

Few and Far welcomes every opportunity to enliven another village, to reinvent another street corner, to partner with organizations in the common aim of social betterment.  While all of these women pursue their individual expressions, they have all uniquely benefited from the experience of working together and are dedicated contributors to the global project of women in art.

AGANA
Vanessa Espinoza, known as “DJ AGANA”, “con ganas” means ones motivation, drive, desire and ambition to hungrily accomplish any task, she is an aerosol artist and a digital audiovisual specialist with a background in jewelry metal arts. While painting with Visual Element as a youth; Agana began educating, mentoring and motivating youth to create public art with a purpose. For more than a decade she has exercised her knowledge of digital media and creative arts with young Bay Area artists encouraging them to tell their own unique stories through mural painting, film and animation. Her goal is to reach endless audiences with visual landscapes that cultivate art for thought and action by visually raising current issues and topics that tell untold stories from a female perspective of resilience.
www.djagana.com

ERIN ASHFORD

Erin Ashford is a photographic artist that has been described as a “photo-ninja” by many of her clients. She gets up on trains, willing to scout locations from all angles and knows how to submerge herself in a culture to respectfully capture intimate and dynamic imagery. She joined FNF in 2011 for Art Basel in Miami and has been featured in Infamous magazine, had art exhibitions throughout the US including a piece at Known Gallery and highlighted on many graffiti art blogs including Ironlak. Through her connections in Atlanta, San Francisco and Seattle she has built a diverse portfolio of commercial clients and continues her work with female artists.

DIME
A member of Few and Far Women crew since it Originated in Oakland in 2011 and also a member of BSK, Bomb Squad Kingz DIME has worked collaboratively as part of Xochitlceive Collective and as an apprentice with Jesus Barraza from Dignidad Rebelde. Her collaborations are painted with youth and are seen in walls all around her city, and beyond, including marches, & rallies; reaching an intergenerational audience. Her work bridges graffiti and fine arts, as a muralist, printmaker, and mentor passing down teachings of her ancestors to all generations. 

Her passion and goal is to use art not only as a tool for social justice but as a tool for violence prevention, to reach young people, and entire communities and use art and Muralismo to cope, save lives, create change and empower.

 

KAZILLA
As one of the top street artists that represent MIA, internationally renowned – KAZILLA is famous for creating true ‘performance art’. Painting live murals and works of art in the spotlight for a myriad of audiences, such as leading recording artists and their masses of onlookers, museums, exclusive events, major brands, print and TV. To most it would be a bit unnerving, asked to make a masterpiece in front of hundreds, sometimes thousands of eyes, all watching your every move and mistake. Using the pressure and constant critique to her advantage, Kazilla has mastered the art of “free hand”, “working your mistakes, instead of your mistakes working you”, “speed painting” and the “minute masterpiece”. The best part of KAZILLA’s “work” is that 95% of her live work is indeed free handed.
http://kazilla.biz

 

MEME

Self-taught graffiti artist and skateboarder Meme hails from Northern California. She started skateboarding at the young age of 15. While at a skate park in Truckee, California, she fell in love with some colorful graffiti on a freight train and since then graffiti has played a large part of her life. Motivated to start something positive that would combine her passions, Meme created an all-female group of artists and skaters under the heading of “Few and Far”. Few and Far has become a powerful female voice in the male-dominated world of skateboarding and graffiti. Alongside organizing Few and Far, Meme also directs creative photo shoots, facilitates skateboard and mural projects, plans group trips and paints and skates every day. She strives to improve the world around her through activism and art.

TOOFLY
Toofly’s constant and active role in the hip hop community, and native country Ecuador, allowed her to remain true to her roots. She continues to draw raw feelings from the ever-changing and spontaneous public art world around her. Her most recent projects include her independent artist collection, painting with other women around the world, and creating new works of art for her latest series entitled “Love Warrior”. Toofly is the founder a female arts and culture collective entitled Younity, and Ladies Love Project. Her team team meets annually to organize women based exhibitions, and community events, as well as art programs for young women.
www.tooflynyc.com

KSRA
A southern girl at heart, Ksra finds the best of every situation. She laughs while sculpting, jokes while painting, and chimes in with narration while Carlos is hard at work. When she is not traveling the world, painting with her female street artist team, Few and Far, Ksra is actively involved with youth arts advocation throughout Seattle. Her love of letters has continued to grow, and even gained a featured in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 commercials.

URSULA X. YOUNG

San Francisco-infused whimsical fairytale illustrations and lush brightly colored, flowering, doe-eyed butterfly women are the trademark of Ursula Xanthe Young’s work, which has made its way on to everything from apparel, murals and restaurant signs, to club flyers, magazine covers, iphone covers and 12″ vinyl record sleeves. Graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and avid world traveler, Ursula – who originates from the Yorkshire Dales of Northern England – shows internationally and all across the US. She recently had a piece commissioned by the Grand Hyatt in San Francisco as a part of a new collection. She now lives in the foothills of the California Sierras with her husband and young daughter, busy exploring a host of new inspirations in the pine forests around her.
www.ursulayoung.com

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DEITY
Member of Few and Far since 2014.