Artist aiming for more street art

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Artist Wendy Baker, of Nightcaps, showcases one of her Anzac Day-inspired street murals. Photo: Supplied

ARTIST and poet Wendy Baker is taking matters into her own hands.

She submitted a petition to parliament last year, requesting the encouragement of more
street murals in small rural communities.

‘‘I think it is important to encourage art and for people to have the confidence and courage to put it out there publicly, ‘‘I think we have the right to express ourselves in the community and that should be valued.’’

The idea to inspire more street art came after she read the Murihiku Regional Arts
Strategy 2020-2030 which indicated key activities people wanted to see more of were music concerts and street murals.

‘‘Street murals bring a vibrancy into a community, murals can tell a story of a person’s journey or their history, that’s why I say it is important to encourage and just do it.’’

Baker had 40 years’ experience with different art forms and was ‘‘walking the talk’’ with street art.

One of her art works can be found on Invercargill’s Tay St, opposite Meccaspresso cafe.

‘‘It’s of a poppy, a lot of my art work is centred around Anzac because it is a big part of my
family history.’’

Her art style was inspired by artist Hundertwasser but all art was an expression of an individual, she said.

‘‘You don’t have to be a good artist, you don’t have to be an experienced artist, you just need to put your own heart and soul into it.’’

She believed in these times with the presence of Covid-19 in communities it was more
important to encourage creativity.

‘‘I think we need to tap into our creativity because art can bring pleasure and can allow
people to express feelings they may be going through.’’

■ Anyone who wanted to support the street mural petition could contact Baker on 020 4089
0222.

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