LaBonte’s recent body of work takes art to the street while traveling Mexico with a friend, Ellen Dizzia, the two surreptitiously became collaborators. Unsatisfied with the tourist’s role as spectator, the artist and her model actively became part of the architecture. The two were inspired by the country’s colorful, unchoreographed walls and murals and a conversation developed about LaBonte painting Dizzia onto those very walls. The conversation turned into creation; “Chameleon” became art. LaBonte painted Dizzia onto four walls in San Miguel de Allende and four walls in Sayulita. The ephemeral nature of the work left the photograph as the only lasting remnant of the experience. Tourists and locals, including the local police, became active participants in the painting performance. LaBonte believes that the beauty of this work is its intuitiveness. By creating art in unexpected places we started a lot of conversations and met a lot of new people, some of whom were simply walking home from work. We got a chance to participate in their routine. The experience of creating the work was as rewarding as the final product.

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