As part of Sydney's ongoing scheme of temporary public art, Venezuelan artist and designer Nadia Hernandez created a large scale street art mural that continues to orbit and explore Venezuelan folklore, using collage, craft, design and text to reflect on the intersecting ideologies of social and political change. Symbols of events, objects and moments in time reoccur throughout her work as she builds her own visual legend where it is possible to describe ideas of change, rebirth and union.
In this particular artwork, entitled To Be Free Is To Have No Fear, she drew inspiration from a documentary on singer/songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone. She explained: "When they asked her what freedom was she said: ‘No fear.’ I thought of people walking through this lane after work, being tired, feeling unmotivated and wanted to say something bold, encouraging, thought-provoking and spirited."
By initially creating the design as a paper cut artwork in a smaller scale, Nadia then translated it to the wall. It will be on display in Sydney until July 2016.
Hernandez has taken part in both solo and group exhibitions across Australia and has created site-specific works in Sydney for cultural hubs such as The Thousands and Golden Age Cinema. Her work is held in private collections throughout Australia, New York, London, Luxembourg, Barcelona, and Japan. Discover more at nadiahernandez.com.
This particular project is part of Art and About Sydney, an ongoing scheme of temporary public art, placing works of any art form in every corner of Sydney including major projects, intimate exchanges, and thought-provoking exhibitions in unusual spaces.
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