DISAPPEARANCE – One of the great figures of street art, the visual artist and graphic designer was known for her Parisian stencils of monochrome women, accompanied by spicy aphorisms.
She was one of the eminences of urban art in France. Miss Tic died Sunday morning, aged 66, from cancer, her family told Agence France-Presse. Known for her silhouettes of dark, sexy and poetic women stencilled on the walls of the capital, Radhia Novat, whose real name was, started printing her art in 1985 in the streets of the Butte Montmartre, where she grew up, Marais, Montorgueil and Butte-aux-Cailles, after a stay in the United States.
“I came from street theatre, I liked this idea of street art“, explained in 2011 to AFP this visual artist, with a matte complexion and beautiful black hair – like her heroines –, born to a Tunisian immigrant father and a Norman mother. “I said to myself at first: ‘I am going to write poems.’ Then: “We need images” with the poems. I started with self-portraits, then I continued towards the other women»added the one that accompanied her stencils with incisive legends like “I put on wall art to bombard words hearts”.
“I use the contemporary woman a lot, the one we are given to see in fashion, advertising. Sometimes it’s not very well understood, when you can be young and pretty and have things to say. But it’s true that we are sold what we want with beautiful girls. So, I said to myself: “I will put women to sell them poetry”»continued this unrepentant smoker.
The consecration of the ephemeral
Regularly exhibited since 1986 in France and abroad, Miss Tic, whose pseudonym comes from the character Miss Tick, the witch of Scrooge Band created by Carl Barks for Disney, knows many years of galley and trouble with justice, the tag or the stencil being considered as a deterioration of goods. His arrest for this reason in 1997 earned him a fine. After this episode, she negotiates the urban spaces where she wants to work, refusing to be taken for a delinquent.
Her art, ephemeral or perennial, attracted major brands in the 2000s, particularly in the fashion world, where she collaborated with Kenzo, for a limited edition t-shirt, or Louis Vuitton. In 2007, she signed the poster for the film The girl cut in half , by Claude Chabrol, while La Poste produced stamps inspired by his stencils in 2011. Some of his works have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London, and the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Paris, recalls its website. Miss Tic will be one of the artists exhibited in the fall at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, on the occasion of an exhibition retracing 40 years of urban art in the capital.
“I had a lot of respect for his career”, underlines on Twitter Christian Guémy, alias C215, another figure of French street art. He greets “one of the founders of stencil art”part “too early”. “The walls of 13and will never be the same”, he laments. His 65-year-old colleague, Jef Aerosol, cried on Instagram for his contemporary, who “Fought against the disease with so much courage”evoking “so many moments shared since the early 80s”. The date of his funeral, “which will be, according to his wishes, open to the public”will be clarified later, according to his official Facebook account.