Mona Caron, a beloved San Francisco muralist and illustrator, has created a gorgeous video of her newest projects in progress. Her WEEDS Murals grow before our very eyes in this gorgeous video set to beautiful music. This video is a must see for any and every art lover. Stay tuned for a full interview.

Mona Caron, a beloved San Francisco muralist and illustrator, has created a gorgeous video of her newest projects in progress. Her WEEDS Murals grow before our very eyes in this gorgeous video set to beautiful music. This video is a must see for any and every art lover. Stay tuned for a full interview. ~Lalé Shafaghi

 

"I’m inspired by the resilience of weeds. I look for them in the cracks of the sidewalks near the walls I’m about to paint, then I portray them at a scale that is certainly bigger than the attention we normally pay them.

“Weeds” is the bad name given to plants found in the wrong place at the wrong time. I’m reclaiming that name, as being a weed has little to do with a plant’s intrinsic value: in the streets I find invasive species as well as benign wildflowers; medicinal herbs and plants of no use to us at all. I find them beautiful regardless, and I paint them all.

But what makes them weeds, and what inspires my paintings and their location, is not what they are but how they act. They quietly trespass our enclosures, and slowly break through what we thought was invincible cement. They are tiny but irrepressible life forms at the front lines of a quiet rebellion, carving a path for the rest of nature to follow.

That is why I created some of these murals as on-site animations: to let the paintings not just BE, but ACT like weeds! To do this, I paint each stem and leaf in 1cm increments, photographed over hours and days. Often, they are painted at locations that house alternative social initiatives.

All alternatives germinate at the margins, and send cracks into the hardest things to change… reconnecting earth to sky, and our life to our common dreams. Don’t give up: paved-over utopias shall rise up like weeds!" ~Mona Caron