Miss Van, also known by her real name, Vanessa Alice Bensimon, a native of Toulouse, in the south of France, is now one of the 140 plus artists to make their mark at the Le M.U.R. project, pictured above.
The eight by three metre former advertising billboard, which every two weeks plays host to a different graffiti-street artist – and in keeping with the ephemeral spirit intrinsic to street art discards every work to make room for the next invitee – is managed by the not-profit association, Le M.U.R., founded by street artists in 2007, who had previously been involved in systematically and illegally hijacking the space with artwork.
”Bien Bonitas De Paris”: Miss Van braved the rain yesterday to paint at the Parisian street art project, Le M.U.R. in Paris’ eastern, 11th Arrondissement, 107 rue Oberkampf, 75011.
Miss Van began making graffiti aged 18, and a few years later in 1993 started painting her doe-eyed female characters, or ‘poupées’, seen above, alongside Mademoiselle Kat.
Van considers her seductive women to represent female empowerment and deviancy. However, she also faces criticism from feminists – although, other critics understand Miss Van as an initiator of the feminist movement in street art.
She began painting on walls as a display against the conventional art world, but now spends the majority of her time painting at her Barcelona art studio, making canvas works to sell through an international network of galleries in Europe, Asia and America.
Miss Van is renowned for her sensuous depictions of full bodied females, or poupées
The ephemeral nature of Le M.U.R. is shown by a graffiti mark made just hours after Miss Van finishes painting. The artwork will be destroyed in two weeks time to make space for the next artist chosen by the Association Le M.U.R..
Visit Miss Van’s website, here.