What’s cooler than a strong-minded woman that’s willing to take big risks and make a powerful statement? Not much if you ask Us Bettys and we certainly want to come in contact with women of the sort. With the Boys Lie theme in tow, I caught up with the Bushwick street artist The Feds on a snowy afternoon to snap some pics of her and her work. Her street name may not ring an immediate bell, but if you live in the area like myself you have most likely come across her tag “Boys Lie”. With a message like that, how could I pass up a possible opportunity to have her be part of The Bettys? The stars just seemed to align.
I asked The Feds about her ‘Boys Lie’ movement and she told me “It was born mostly out of anger”. Fair enough, we’ve all been there. I needed to know about her commonly tagged ghosts. A simple tag it may be, but the emotion behind it – not so much. The ubiquitous “hood ghost” represents her memories of hurtful and disheartening times in her past. Rather than dwell, The Feds uses the ghost to claim those memories as her own the same way she claims that territory by making a tag. She uses the tag to take back the hurt and make it something more: something of strength and substance. Here’s what she had to say:
“ 'Hood Ghosts' are a reoccurring theme in my street art. A 'Hood Ghost' is a dark memory. Ghosts are a lot like memories; you can't touch them because they're dead. But that doesn't mean they aren't real. They come around on their watch, and sometimes its kind of scary. Other times it can be sad, or very maddening. They hide in the cracks in the wall; in the shelves at the bodega, in dark alleys, in chimneys, in drainpipes... So I put them there. And I leave them there. Where they belong. “
The Feds has a few other streams of creativity. Another element of her work is her cartoon illustrations. The artist says she sees everyone as a cartoon and ever since she can remember holding a pencil, she was drawing cartoon illustrations and comics of those who stood out to her. She sees cartoons as dark, yet funny at the same time and uses Tom and Jerry as a perfect example based off its “wildly exaggerated never-ending homicidal chase between friends.” The dark is shown through digital photos of places or objects we see every day: alleyways, 40 bottles, and a dark staircase. The light then comes from her whimsical illustrations. This side of her art is definitely how life is viewed from a personal perspective.
In her words, “Street art is kind of obnoxious. It's meant to be a sort of mischievous or offensive way to make your presence known...To make a statement about something. It's a way for me to display my ideas, whether in the form of poetry or cartoons.” Us Bettys fully support this girl and we’ll be keeping a peeled eye for all the work to come. We can’t wait to see more of the world through the eyes of The Feds. click through the gallery below to see more of the feds work!