STREET HEROINES

Broadcast on International Women's Day, March 8th 2019 on Bronxnet TV, Optimum 68 / FiOS 34.

Wynwood, Miami, 2013- Born in Ecuador and raised in New York City, TooFly started her artistic endeavors at 15 yrs old. Influenced by friends from the neighborhood, she began to carry around a marker and found herself writing on desks in high school, tagging mailboxes on her way home and eventually staying out late at night doing graffiti.

In 1992 TooFly could be found hanging out at 5Pointz honing her skills, where time and more space allowed her to focus on bigger characters. This lead to the creation of her iconic ‘hip-hop girls and b-girls’. Recently she has traded the chaotic streets of New York City for the quiet mountains of Ecuador, and in this vignette discusses how her art and style has evolved. The hard graphic edges have given way to tribal markings and softer details now found in her ‘warrior women’ murals, reflecting a slower pace of life surrounded by nature.

However she doesn't stay put in one place very long as requests for her murals take her all over the world. At Art Basel Miami in December of 2013, I caught up with TooFly where she was painting a mural with the Few N Far Women’s collective as well as participating in the ‘Women on the Walls’ gallery exhibit curated by Jeffery Deitch. In this video you see the making of her latest 'warrior woman'.

This is the fourth vignette in a documentary series dedicated to women street artists creating in North and South America.

Directed, filmed and edited by Alexandra Henry.
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More on TooFly:
tooflynyc.com

Special thanks to Erica Quitzow.

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STREET HEROINES

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Street Heroines is a collection of stories that celebrate female street artists who are transforming the urban environment in colorful ways. Whether visually protesting socio-political injustices or spreading messages of empathy, these women are using…


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Street Heroines is a collection of stories that celebrate female street artists who are transforming the urban environment in colorful ways. Whether visually protesting socio-political injustices or spreading messages of empathy, these women are using creativity to persevere social ignorance and find their own voices in the male-dominated world of graffiti and street art.

I began the project while living in São Paulo in 2011-2012 where the street art scene is overwhelming. My success in connecting with these artists comes from walking the streets of major cities and investigating by foot. My goal with this project, simply put, is to promote awareness about the flourishing global community of female street artists and encourage others to find their creative voice.

~Alexandra Henry / Director

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