Interview : Mose
Who are you? Why "Mose" ?
I'm 37, I've been a graff artist for 15 years or so. At first, I used to sign "Dinero", then "Dinë", but now I'm just "Mose". Although the name "Dinero" is still present in my professional (and legal) activity : Dinero Paintworks. Why Mose? Because I like these letters and I wanted to change names, throw people off the trail and explore other worlds.
Is your spot, Les Herbiers, your hometown ?
I was born in Alsace (Colmar) where I started to graff. I moved to Les Herbiers about 10 years ago. It's a small town in Vendée. There is an expression wall, it's been there for 5 years, but that doesn't prevent me from using other spaces (industrial estates, city centers) or going to Nantes or other cities.
In a wide range of colours, pick your favourite.
I have no favourite, as long as the harmony, the contrast and the nuances are there… Love all colours!
Lots of children's faces in your art. You wanted to do something different from the tags ?
I don't do tags. I've been trained as a serigraphist, so my work tends to vary a lot. My portraits are made with multi-layer stencils. The purists find that very annoying, but I want my work to be very accessible, to touch as many people as possible. And I have as much fun working on four letters as trying to bring out the intensity of a stare or a smile.
You graff on transformers, is it another way of expressing yourself ?
These projects are tightly supervised by the town councils, the leisure centers, etc. Mostly they are initiation workshops for the young and sometimes I get commissioned by municipalities for solo projects. Since it's a commission, my creativity is somewhat limited, but it's always an interesting experience. I try to make myself known throughout the region to paint as many transformers as possible, but even with the authorization from ERDF it's still complicated.
Spray, paintbrush or ink ?
In my workshop, I like using rollers, brushes and sprays. I've always liked how they differ and how they complete each other. And ink in serigraphy, of course. I've got all the equipment required to print on t-shirts, sweat-shirts, etc., but I'm not doing that at the moment. Outdoors, I like to paint an acrylic background with the roller, and use spray cans.
Do you work with other artists ?
Not yet, but I would love to! I don't take the time to contact the ones I would love to collaborate with, on a painting, a wall, a billboard, etc. And I'm not confident enough to do that kind of things. I'm already painfully shy when I have to try and sell myself for an exhibit, so you can imagine! I have absolutely no flair for business, I haven't been trained for that.
Who are your superheroes ?
My two children and my girlfriend. As for the influences on my "art", lots of people : Francis Bacon, C215, SUK, Etam Cru, it would be too long to cite them all.
Your worst drawing (on a wall) ?
Good question! But since I don't think of myself as an artist, and seeing the size of my ego, I would say: "My next graffiti"!
Your opinion on the towns that let street artists express themselves ?
It's a kind a paradox, really that is becoming hard to understand. The word "street art" speaks for itself. I don't think it's up to the town councils to decide if they want to let street artists express themselves. If someone thinks that such and such a place is a good space to express themselves, they'll go and paint or paste something. Style is what matters. I don't want to bite the hand that feeds me, but it's an endless debate, as for example when a piece of work by a street artist is sold 25 000 euros at an auction. Maybe I'll change my tune in 5 or 10 years time, but I hope I'll never forget where I come from, and what I consider to be the most beautiful gallery in the world.
Your plans for 2014 ?
In 2014, I hope to find more time to paint, meet other artists, approach galleries and complete a mural project in the center of Les Herbiers. And make myself known thanks to people like you.
The question you wish I'd asked ?
We talked about the favourite colour, the super heroes… I want to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH! And add my website : http://dineropaintworks.fr
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