Mademoiselle Maurice, street art and ecology
by Laura Luppi
Street art and ecology, street art and respect for the environment: these are two of the distinguishing characteristics of young French artist Mademoiselle Maurice. Her creations, set in the main European cities but also in Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong, are unique. Bumping into them is an amusing and interesting experience.
Mademoiselle Maurice never modifies the selected buildings permanently: she picks out the proper support material for her works, it can be a bridge, a public building or stairway, and then she sticks her colourful origami on its wall by means of some double-sided tape. It’s a variegated world full of positive vibrations, animated by the magic of paper and the art of folding it to create simple shapes with a major communicative impact. Composing texts, portraits (or even just geometric shapes) becomes a job of architect and designer for Mademoiselle Maurice, who is able to mix tradition and contemporaneity, oriental culture and western mood.
According to an ancient legend popular in the Land of the Rising Sun, practicing origami allows you to fulfil a wish by simply expressing it when making 1000 origami cranes. Related to this myth there is also the story of a little girl who lived the tragedy of Hiroshima: unfortunately she died of leukemia before having the time to finish her 1000 cranes.
The creative sensibility of the artist has radically approached this technique and the girl’s miserable fate to such an extent that clear reference marks can be seen in some of her most successful projects.Â She went beyond painting and photography and was able to make different disciplines interact: it’s Â a new link between visual art and publishing, music and theatre, as in the “Story of the girl’s fight for birds”.
And finally, while living in Tokyo, she found her inspiration for many plastic works placed not only in the most diverse outdoor settings but also in the most usual indoor ones, such as private galleries and museums. Although numerous, in all her installations she is very concerned with ecology and with a sustainable and green lifestyle: Mademoiselle Maurice mainly uses recycled and 100% biodegradable paper. The cute self-portrait on the Angers bridge is one of the many works of hers in which there is indeed no lack of irony and hilarity but above all the intention of playing with Art and learning from it how to respect nature with zero impact urban projects.