Lexi Bella | Street Artist + Fine Artist
"It’s about the experience of being a woman, how we perceive ourselves, our sexuality. It’s an exploration of that and the beauty, and sometimes my pieces are pretty/sexy but there's also a creepy monster element to it. And that’s part of it, that’s part of being a woman. Sometimes you want to feel beautiful and sometimes you want to be a monster bitch. And it’s those day-to-day feelings."
Tell us more about the project you’re working on…
I found out that Fourth Arts Block was looking for public art projects that were historically relevant to the Lower East Side for their Fables Project. I sat and did a lot of research about interesting women from here representing the different cultures that have lived here. Since the 1700s, all of these different cultures have moved into the area, lived here and had an explosion of culture and then moved out. It just immediately popped into my head and I submitted it.
Fourth Arts Block had different sites around the Lower East Side – when they told me I was going to do Centre-Fuge, I was like “hell yeah!” And I’m friends with Pebbles who runs it. I just love it so much. So many people I love and respect have done it. The community has given them other walls, but this was the first one.
You’ve worked with Centre-Fuge before, right?
When I first heard about it, I was really excited and just starting to get involved for street art, and I submitted a painting that ended up being on that side and they were down. It was one of the first times I did spray painting too, which is funny because now it’s my shit.