Brunswick St women’s fashion shop IDS commissioned artist Deb some time ago to paint some of her signature female figures on their shop door and doorway. On a recent weekend walk I noticed that someone had added to her work and I am not sure how I feel about it.
One way to see it is to be annoyed because this is bad for the business that paid for Deb’s work. However, it’s not a stupid tag and cannot immediately be dismissed as worthless vandalism. Where does creative license begin and end? When is commentary like this justified and when is it inappropriate or disrespectful to the artist? More importantly, is the critique aimed at the clothes, the customers or the art?