Spirit of the Mississippi Statement:

Titled Spirit of the Mississippi (Mississippi Water Protector), this work is a symbolic portrait of the fight for Indigenous water rights in the United States. The central figure is a female water protector; from her hands the veins of the Mississippi River flow out and around her. She is depicted as floating within a blue orb, which is representational of planet earth. The Mississippi can be thought of as the central nervous system of North America and its health is inextricably connected to the health and wellbeing of all living beings. This work seeks to engage the community in discussion and reflection on the power of water in our lives and the urgent need to protect this precious resource.

Artist Statement:

I am a contemporary aerosol artist whose work draws on the social, cultural, and natural history of site specific surfaces. I was raised in Tucson, Arizona where I was first exposed to public art through the murals that lined the Community Project complex my family lived in. As a self-taught artist, I developed my craft by learning alongside other graffiti writers in my community. This grassroots education and the trials that come from working in a street-culture medium outside of the traditional scope of fine art, influenced my understanding of public places and spaces - namely who they are for, and by extension, who was not welcome. Throughout my body of work, I explore this tension and seek to amplify the voices and narratives of those who have been disenfranchised and marginalized throughout history. I draw inspiration from my Mexican American and Indigenous heritage, and have engaged subjects from spirituality, evolution and civil rights. Because I work in large scale formats, I utilize harmonious color stories and paint element with a photo like quality that are intended to draw the viewer deeper into the work. In my portrait series, I play with allegory and the relationship between man and nature with the concept in mind that we come from the earth, and we return to the earth. I am deeply inspired by early American modernists and often use abstraction and pop art devices to layer meaning. It is very important to me that the work that I create carries the aesthetics are Graffiti culture and to keep pushing the boundaries of what can be created with the use of a spray can.

Artist: Nmph

Based in the American Midwest, Nmph cut his teeth on graffiti at 15 and has since spent more than two decades silently chasing fulfillment through painting colorful, contorted letterforms across a variety of North American structures. Though still focused on building and evolving this pursuit, when it came to the merits of his studio efforts he decided to pivot and leave graffiti strictly to the arenas which it belongs. Nmph began to magnify and expand upon the designs and personality that fill and cushion his letters, shifting them into a distinguishable style of layered abstractions. Comprised of vibrant colors, gesturing-geometric shapes, and viscous-organic forms, these background traits became the foundation for his composition-heavy mural and studio work.

Artist: Studio Moss

The Wycliff lobby mural was the creative inspiration of Studios Moss, an independent woman owned creative design firm from St. Paul, MN. Their passion is driven by the desire to be innovative, fresh, and unexpected. The lobby mural was commissioned by the building, looking to create a space that felt open, welcoming, and vibrant for their tenants and clients

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