Update 24 June 2009: I should have mentioned this before but I spoke with Deb today and she asked me to update this post to say that this work was fixed very quickly! So if you’re looking at the Wizards mural on Rose St it is as good as new.
I’m beginning to see a pattern in art criticism focused on the work of street artist Deb and I’m not happy about it. First came the skank comment on her commissioned work for Brunswick St fashion shop IDS. Then came the cryptic comment about Deb on another of my posts about her work. Then came the rather cleverer ‘sold’ label attached to her feline figure on Rose St, which at least make a coherent statement. These are benign compared to the mess someone has made to the character she painted on the large mural next to the Rose St Markets.
In defacing only Deb’s contribution to this group produced mural based on characters from the animated film Wizards, the criticism seems to be directly at her as an individual rather than the quality of this work in general. Given that the Melbourne street art scene seems significantly male dominated, and Deb is a high profile woman artist, I see a sexist element to this. The most boring thing about this stupidity is the mentality of the critic.
Nearby, on a poster advertising an alcoholic drink on a phone box outside the Nunnery backpackers on Nicholson St, is the work of a similarly irrelevant sexist moron. Perhaps it’s the same one?