Nardstar* is a female artist based in Cape Town, South Africa who works on Walls x Canvas x Customs x Vector. Her love for cats can be seen throughout her work . Our local representative and partner, Dillion, brings us a quick interview with Nardstar*. Enjoy the chat:
Dillion: Who is Nardstar?
Nardstar: I am an artist from Cape Town, South Africa
Dillion: How do you introduce yourself to the general public when they ask what you do?
Nardstar: I tell them that I am and artist who paints on walls mostly but anything else too.
Dillion: When did you start on the Nardstar journey?
Nardstar: 10 years ago when I was a teenager.
Dillion: What’s your typical day like?
Nardstar: I come into the studio, make coffee, do admin things on the computer and then work on artwork or go out and paint or do commisions.
Dillion :What was your family’s reaction to your career choice?
Nardstar: They are supportive and happy for me.
Dillion: What’s it like being a female artist in South Africa?
Nardstar: It’s like being the elephant in the room. There are very little female artists in South Africa.
Dillion: In your work there are a lot of cats, why?
Nardstar: I had 4 cats so I have a lot of love for cats, also they are just really beautiful.
Dillion: You have travelled and painted in other cities, favourite places so far?
Dillion: What are you working on currently?
Nardstar: I am busy setting up an online store so that my art is more accessible to the people that love it.
Dillion: Thoughts on the street art/ graffiti scene in Cape Town and SA
Nardstar: In Cape Town the scene is very suppressed but the city’s graffiti by-law which forces a permit procedure on artists and building owners to have art on the city’s walls. Because of the by-law the graffiti and street art is mostly happening in one area in the city which managed to recieve a blanket permit. Having graffiti and street art in only one area of the city is the worst thing I could ever think of. There is no actual graffiti in our city centre either because it gets buffed so quickly but what is a city without graffiti?!
Dillion: Thoughts on street art festivals or lack thereof in Cape Town & SA
Nardstar: I think street art is getting a lot of love around the world with all the international festivals that are happening. I think our country still needs to get on that bus and people still have a lot to learn about art appreciation.
Dillion: Thoughts on Galleries and exhibitions?
Nardstar: Galleries and exhibitions are cool but finding ways to do things for yourself is amazing!
Dillion: Which artists do you admire?
Nardstar: I admire all graffiti artists and street artists who are commited to their artform.
Dillion: Do you collab a lot? With whom and what makes a great collab?
Nardstar: I don’t collab often but when I do it has to be with someone I work well with and whose work I love and respect.
Dillion: Plans for the future?
Nardstar: More, more, more!
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