I am intrigued by Street Art and the way it affects our city scapes. It is a form of art that belongs to everyone and cannot be bought or owned by any individual. It is used by Artists to draw attention to the city around them and to make social commentry on the urban environment.
Michael Aaron Williams.
Street Artist/Fine Artist
My art is a narrative, visual poetry, making a social statement to move the viewer to action or realization. An important part of my work focuses on the street, the place where people live their daily lives. This allows me to interact with an audience on their own turf and observe how they react to the art; it is a social experiment. These open-air installations focus on the ephemeral state of street people and enable the viewer to participate in the outcome of the pieces, whether the viewer leaves or saves them from the street. My goal in depicting street people is to show their beauty, fragility, and to bring their situation into the eyes of the viewer, refusing to let them be forgotten or ignored.
Michael Aaron Williams has highlighted the plight of the forgotten and abandoned residents of our cities, the ones we would prefer not to see. Artistic portrayal makes them visually more acceptable and makes their situation all the more poingnant. By not painting directly onto the surface and just sticking the images on, he enables people to take his work home if they wish, thus “rescuing” the image. I do not know of any other Street Artists who work this way, allowing an individual to “own” their work.
Because the paintings are of people on the street I also put them on the street where they are exposed to that which can destroy them. I want the pieces to have hope, so I dont glue them to the wall I simply tape them so that the viewer can take them down and hopefully take them home. So when the pictures are left up and if no one takes them they will cease to exist.