Covid-19 conspiracy and anti-vaxx stickers in Potsdam, NY

I found a rash of Covid-19 conspiracy and anti-vaxx stickers last week in Potsdam, NY, stretching down two blocks on Market Street in front of many of the main stores and restaurants in town that were open during the busy holiday season. These stickers didn’t list the “Join the White Rose” disinformation group like the stickers that I wrote about from NYC last November, but the QR code on one of them linked to Open VAERS, a legitimate vaccine adverse reaction event reporting system run in the United States by the Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug…

Covid-19 Conspiracy and Disinformation Stickers in NYC

I was able to go to NYC last weekend for the first time since January 2020, curious to see what the stickers would be like there after such a tumultuous couple of years in the United States, post-Trump and in the midst of a global pandemic. Saturday evening in midtown yielded few stickers at all, and surprisingly, almost nothing related to current affairs. Ho hum, snooze. Thanks, America. There were a few, though. On Sunday morning, I had seen some footage on Sandi Bachom’s and Ron Filipkowski’s Twitter feeds about a group of Proud Boys marching in the city the…

Chapter proposal: Street Art Stickers as Subversive Visual Discourse

A chapter proposal that I submitted for a new anthology was recently accepted! Entitled Unframing the Visual: Visual Literacy Pedagogy in Academic Libraries and Information Spaces, the volume will be published as a companion piece to the Association of College and Research Libraries’ Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education (2016). The new collection features four sections: participating in a changing visual information landscape; perceiving visuals as communicating information; practicing visual discernment and criticality; and pursuing social justice through visual practice. My proposal was accepted for the section on pursuing social justice through visual practice. My chapter proposal Publicly-placed stickers…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Yarn Vandalette (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I am a crochet girl – crochet queen some people say! – with an heavy addiction to street art. I was fascinated by graffiti since the mid-eighties. I kind of grew up on old school Hip-hop and graffiti was huge part of it. But I was never brave enough to go out with the cans myself (what a shame, I still regret it ?), I rather kept on dancing and admiring the art. When I relearned crochet a couple of years ago ( I haven´t done it in about 30 years) I…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Das Frohlein Moodmacher (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. Hey, my name is Das Frohlein Moodmacher. Froh is the German word for cheerfully. So my intention is to spread cheerful moods with my work. I make handmade paper collages mainly with eggheads. I want to put a smile on peoples’ faces with my art. Making stickers is a wonderful opportunity to spread my moods in the streets. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? Being a woman influences my work insofar as i started making collages to regain some time…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Fymsa (Russia)

Please provide a brief description of your work. The main point of my sticker art, in general, is proving my existence. It’s like the goal of my art. But all my characters are women and it is a very important manifestation of my feelings about my own sex and gender and its place in the world. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? It influences from the inside, not like something specially planned. I’m proud to create cool female characters, it’s good to be close to your characters in…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Orble (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. Orbles are turquoise creatures based on a cat, I grew up with. Originally named Max, me and my brother created silly names for him all the time ( things like “Worble,” “Reble,” “Knorble”) until the Nickname Orble was born in the early 90s. I always drew him as a kid and 15 years later on a party, my brother asked me to draw the” fat cat “again. I promised that I still can do it..even drunk and with closed eyes. The wobbly creatures that came out of this experiment cracked us all…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: StickermaidBerlin (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I love to bring characters into the world which have a distinct personality and whose faces reflect their inner feelings. According to the shown feelings I carefully choose them and put them next to other artists stickers, paste-ups, stencils or graffiti in order to react to them. Often I also interact with advertising posters or the surroundings. It’s great fun and only the interaction makes my art complete and satisfying. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? I’ve brooded a long…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Art.Omato (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I create black and white drawings around words and signs and sometimes add a message. All my friendly Freaks, love and peace pictures developed that way. The art.omato heads came up by stenciling my own motives. I took them for joining the great #nohatemovement from the Cologne artists. Does being a female artist, or identifying as a female artist, influence your work, and if so, how? Yes, l think it does. We still have to fight for equality, love and peace in any direction! Sticking on the streets is a protest and…

“SHE SLAPS!” featured artist: Metraeda (Germany)

Please provide a brief description of your work. I came in contact with street art through friends. My motivation are the community approach, the idea of being creative, working together and inspiring each other on the one hand as well as making the whole world a little more colorful on the other hand. Furthermore, street art is a good way to distribute messages, such as “say no to racism!”. The name Metraeda is a mixture of Tetraeder (a triangular pyramid) and geometry because I only use geometrical forms, mostly triangles, to build my artworks. Each artwork is placed carefully to…