Ive been drawing for a very long time,but when it comes to doing my art successfully,its been four years.
How many murals that I have done in Baltimore?Im guessing around 10.
As an artist,I make work for myself.
I always have like women in mind.
If I can tell a story you can relate to it, thats great.
If I can pull you in as well, thats great.
Its all about narrative and storytelling.Thats it.
So, I did this piece for Art at Work maybe a year ago.
We have a black woman as the center of her community.
And you have things like knowledge, music, culture,history and they all revolve around her.
Were looking at a project I did for A Revolutionary Summer.
我们在看的这个项目是为A Revolutionary Summer创作的。
It is a mural depicting black female writers.
You have Toni Morrison,Zora Neale Hurston and Octavia Butler.
And then you have a young black student on a pile of books reading about these amazing women.
Kids actually read here.
So, it fit perfectly that we were doing a mural about black women writers because this is actually their nook that they read in.
This is actually my second outdoor mural:the artist that drew the Statue of Liberty,
they originally drew it as a black woman and whoever was in charge of it was like, "no,you need to make her white".
When I draw a black woman,I focus on upliftings us.
And I think people need to know that the original Statue of Liberty,on paper at least,was a black woman.
My name is Maria Wolfe.
I am a street art and mural photographer and I have an account called BaltiMurals on Instagram,
which captures and documents all of the art in Baltimore.
There has been a huge kind of expansion of the street art and mural scene in Baltimore over the last couple of years.
I know that there is art always going up and I think the city has a lot to do with it.
BOPA, which is Baltimore office of Promotion and the Arts,does a lot of grants in the city to artists to come and paint murals.
There are over 300 neighborhoods in Baltimore and each one is unique and the art is unique to each location as well.
I love Megans colors.
I love the figures that she puts in the murals.
I just find her work extremely intriguing.
It is some of my favorite in the whole, entire city.
I never know what I am going to put up until I see the wall.
It is so satisfying to be able to have such a large canvas for people to see my work.
I love narrative and I love storytelling and just imagine being able to tell your story to so many people walking past.
I am just very appreciative of where I am.
Its been an amazing journey and I cannot wait to continue to,like I said,evolve as an artist.There are so many things I want to do and accomplish.
And I’m very grateful, like I see my progress and I’m proud of myself.