As we celebrate our 10th Anniversary of the Wooster Collective website, we asked a group of artists who we showcased in the beginnings of the website the following question:
What's the one thing that you learned in the last decade that you had wished someone had told you 10 years ago?
The following response comes from Nuria Mora:
Instead of reaching an answer, this question has multiplied into many questions in my mind:
Why paint in the street? What are walls and who do they belong to? Why are people so upset with graffiti when advertising is much more abrasive? Where do we begin and end the freedom of each one? How do I want to participate in this world? What does my share look like? What are the social and political burdens of my street art? Over time, I find more questions than answers. I think I'm getting old! Or it's simply part of the process.
When I think about my street art each day, I realize that the value comes from the performance and ephemera of it. The finished piece is a memory of my experience being out and painting. The art market likes to use the aesthetics of graffiti to sell products at luxury prices, muffling its politically charged roots. It's best to witness street art in its authentic form across urban environments. This experience is priceless.
Of all these questions, the only thing that remains unchanged over the years is that my work continues to be questioned. Street art is a reflection of the individual and the landscape; I resist explaining a statement or action precisely through words because my art is open to free interpretation. In the words of, Jean de la Bruyère, "The glory or merit of some men is to write well, the other is not to write."