She is the poet and the city speaks her prose. Alive and vibrant Queens, NY is the perfect dichotomy of artsy sophistication and uninhibited urban edge. Alice Mizrachi, better known as AM fits perfectly into the social mores of Q-Boro. She is a graffiti artress whose creative inclinations cannot help but explode from her fingertips and adhere to any smooth surface that can absorb aerosol, acrylic or tempera paint.
A running theme my readers will discover in the profiles of female graffiti artists is the abilityto stand for oneself and have their message, whatever it may be, heard clearly. Thus far, the women artists that I’ve interviewed have been trendsetters and trailblazers; Alice doesn’t stray from the path one bit.
Her stance is one that is gender-blind, even though some of her male counterparts tend not to be, “Sometimes, guys want to control you or hit on you,” she’s said of some of the men-folk she’s encountered in her industry, “I choose to move past it and keep creating,” she continues, “You are either part of the problem or part of the solution; I choose the solution.”
Being a part of the solution isn’t something that only pertains to AM’s craft, she also shows love to her city by giving back. Alice is co-founder (along with fellow graff artist, TOOFLY) of YOUNITY, whose purpose is to create a platform for female artists worldwide and connects them with would-be art collectors and appreciators. When she’s not using art as philanthropy, she’s also an educator, “I have managed to use my skills as an artist and spread it to others by being a teaching artist.”
Her craft is grounded in a love of organic creativity, “I am thankful for this because it allows me to reflect on myself when I’m outside of my studio. What I teach and how I teach is a reflection of myself.”
Powered by her philosophy and philanthropy, her stanzas echo loudly in the form of paint strokes across the city. They tell the story of her city and her purpose …
… Stay tuned for more …