Weekend Artists Series, Part 1: Mon Laferte

Resultado de imagen de Mon Laferte artes plasticas
Mon Laferte, 1983- )

Here is an artist, well a bit of a Renaissance woman, that sings, composes and also is quite involved in the struggle for freedoms in many areas of civil society in her native country Chile. She is also a very outspoken activist for women’s rights, for the LGTB community, for animal rights and against censorship like in Twitter and other social media platforms. But I knew her better as a singer. Her bands, Mystica Girls and Abaddon were pretty cool from 2012 to 2014.

In any event, she is also a painter and has painted some rather interesting murals in her home town of Viña del Mar, Chile. One, in particular has caused somewhat of a scandal:

Resultado de imagen de mural controvertido de mon laferte

It has been vandalised by unknown subjects running around the streets of Viña del Mar with black painballs!

“Sabía que esto iba a pasar“: Desconocidos vandalizan mural de Mon Laferte en Valparaíso

However, the residents of the area, as well as the city’s mayor seem to be, and are in truth, happy with the mural. It has become part of a huge outdoor museum as there are many, many murals painted all over the city. But I ask myself why would anyone want to vandalise someone else’s property? Why express such disdain and disrespect? Was it the usual suspects? Those that are easily offended, easily driven to ire? Was it those who are intolerant, self-serving, and holier than thou? Or was it those “schizophrenic, ego-centric, paranoiac, prima-donnas” that John Lennon wrote about in his song “Gimme Some Truth” back in 1971?

Well, I must say that this is not the only mural that Laferte has painted. She also painted this one, again in Viña del Mar:

Resultado de imagen de murales de Mon Laferte

And here is a sample of some of her works of art:

Her style? I would say naif as she herself is a bit naif…

Resultado de imagen de Mon Laferte expo Gestos

But I respect her commitment to her art and to her beliefs. She stands proud and unafraid to say her truth to power anywhere and any time, as I am led to believe by this picture she published of what she did at the Latin Grammy celebration.

Resultado de imagen de Mon Laferte expo Gestos

Mon Laferte is 37 years old…

CHEERS!

17 comments

  1. Easymalc · 6 Days Ago

    Not for me I’m afraid. I like the vibrant colours but not the content.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 6 Days Ago

      I liked her more as a singer… but I agree with you. Thank you Malc. Wishing you a lovely Saturday!
      FBC.

  2. Paola K · 6 Days Ago

    Interesting side from Mon Laferte! I also know her mainly for her music, and her eccentric colorful outfits…I like this other side too, I like people that have the courage to express what they believe in even if it’s controversial or not part of a mainstream story… greetings to sunny Valencia☀️

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 6 Days Ago

      Thank you Paola, always a pleasure to hear from you and your time and visit is greatly appreciated. Yes, I agree, I had known her as a singer, but not too much but now I see this other side…well, it is interesting and quite expressive, for sure. Thank you for your greetings, I am afraid that sunny València hasn’t been so sunny lately, I guess these are our five or six days years out of the year that we resemble Galicia instead of a Mediterranean paradise. Take good care and all the best,
      FBC

      • Paola K · 5 Days Ago

        Maybe we stole a bit of the sun and took it for a change to Switzerland because here today was a beautiful sunny day!😂 although never as sunny as my hometown Mexico. Many greetings and thank you for the great content! Saludos!

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 5 Days Ago

        Saludos Paula y si, cuando visite Mexico me di cuenta de los bellos colores que refleja vuestro sol, tan fuerte y tan limpio, bueno, al menos en Merida…un abrazo,
        FBC

      • Paola K · 5 Days Ago

        Mérida es muy buena representante nuestro sol ☀️qué bien que te diste la vuelta por allá! un abrazo 🙂

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 5 Days Ago

        Gracias Paola, que pases un domingo feliz,
        Un abrazo,
        FBC

  3. azurea20 · 6 Days Ago

    Coloristas muy propios de algunos de los pintores de ese Continente. A mi me gusta. A veces la provocación es un recurso simplemente para que se fijen en ti. Un saludo,

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 6 Days Ago

      Si, de acuerdo en las dos cosas, son colores propios…pero no exclusivos…de ese continente y la provocacion, definitivamene es un recurso para que se fijen en ti, pero, nosotros aqui en Europa tambien tenemos colores…
      Un placer Azurea leer tus comentarios y te los agradezco, siempre, gracias,
      Un abrazo y un saludo de València,
      FBC

  4. Brad Osborne · 6 Days Ago

    I, too, love the colors and appreciate the talent and skill displayed in her technique, but I find her works to be self-centered, derivative, and monothematic. I fully support her efforts to speak out about what she feels strongly about, but I find it hard to appreciate the deeper meaning of her art when it seems to be more about her then about any “them”. Of course, anything with a shock value increases the notability of a piece or work and likely more eyes that see it, but at what cost? It feels like an artist who has decided that the only beauty lies within a self-portrait. I would rather see representation of the peoples she is concerned about, than what to me feels like a repetitive attempt to be noticed. Hope you have a great weekend, my friend!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 6 Days Ago

      You make some very good points, that I fully agree with, my friend. She does think of herself too much, although she says she is thinking of others. She also needs to develop a little more consciousness and realise that when you set out to fight it’s all or nothing, it cannot be half-arsed…thank you so much Brad, I always look forward to and appreciate your replies. Take good care and enjoy the weekend!
      All the best to you,
      FBC.

  5. beth · 6 Days Ago

    I love her colorful approach to art, and it seems as though she lives much as she paints

  6. spwilcen · 6 Days Ago

    Some forms of art I do not understand. Some artists within art forms not lost on me I do not understand. It is not a matter of “like” or “dislike.” (American) football players do not have all the answers for the ills of the world. They should do what they do best while they can, avoiding alienating people they wish to influence. Similarly some musicians should stay with music. Poets, poetry, novelists, novels, painters the canvas. It is one thing to believe and work for something one believes in. Quite another to prostitute real skills in service of legitimate goals in such a way it detracts fully from righteous goals and ligitmate art. Or sports. Or Metalworking. Or bus-driving. Or farming. This art, this artist impresses me only negatively, makes me less willing to listen to any artist’s work of the same genre. Still, an education, and I thank you FBC,

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · 6 Days Ago

      You make very good points SP, and that’s the purpose of this series on “artists”, to bring to people artists that they may not know about. I don’t use this series only to highlight my favourite ones. I try to focus on many, and in this case it was because of an art news item I ran across that talked about people loving her murals and others scandalised by it and defacing it. Although I believe in the Renaissance idea that all art is interrelated and artists should be or could be multi-faceted, when it comes to politics the participation must be complete and genuine, not just a gimmick to gain more audience. Thank you very much my friend and all the best to you,
      May you enjoy a lovely weekend!
      FBC

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