Fats, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

922. Upfest 2017 (5)

I remember well the lovely piece by Fats in the Tobacco Factory at last year’s Upfest. This year she produced another fine work in South Street park, where I was able to catch up with her for a few minutes.

Fats, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Fats, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

Fats talked a lot about her background and heritage, which is truly international and mixed, and how her work receives many influences, from Arabic calligraphy to the styles of indigenous Inuit people. Our discussion ventured further into the perils of perceived appropriation and how this can create some tensions. This is a tricky path really. At what point does ‘being influenced by’ transition into copying?

Fats, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017
Fats, Upfest, Bristol, July 2017

I am clear that Fats’ work is stunning, and carries many influences that she skilfully executes in her own lyrical way. I see more of the North American influence others may see more Arabic. One thing is clear, she loves her dark drawing lines. I actually really like this piece, and was grateful for her time.

Fats, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
Fats, Upfest, Bristol, July 2016
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I am Stephen. I live in Bristol, UK. I decided to shorten my profile...to this: Wildlife, haiku, travel, streetart, psychogeography and my family. Not necessarily in that order.

5 thoughts on “922. Upfest 2017 (5)”

  1. These are without doubt my favourite pieces that you have posted. I love Inuit, Eskimo and Native Canadian Art. There’s something about the sweeping solid lines and the vivid colours! Gorgeous!

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  2. The influence vs appropriation issue is indeed a difficult one. For me it is clearly appropriation when it could be taken for (or attempted to be taken for) the real McCoy. I think it’s important to remember that just about any cultural expressions were themselves a product of allowing for some new expressions to be influenced by others.

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