What would be the link between a disproportionate plant and a highly detailed city street? Well, both have been painted in details by Mona Caron in various places around the world. Where others see weeds, Mona Caron sees resilience: when some see a simple street, she sees a city’s history.
While she started by painting highly detailed cityscapes, representing a place’s history and its evolution, she changed her perspective and started to paint weeds which took over the streets of cities. Mona Caron’s murals tell the stories of their location, they reveal the details that passers by might have overlooked. Even though her art evolved from the depiction of miniaturized streets to overgrown weeds, her murals are always deeply inspired by the local life and stories of their surroundings.
She painted a mural on the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. A neighborhood often neglected and criticized for its homeless residents, its drug problem and its high crime rate. On a historic building, she designed a mural inspired by local stories, walks with residents and anecdotes offering not only a retrospective look, but an image of a possible future.
Nowadays, Mona Caron mainly paints gigantic weeds. While others see these plants as a nuisance, something to get rid of and eradicate, she sees the way they miraculously manage to survive in hostile environments. Those weeds says Mona Caron, are « created as a tribute to the resilience of all those beings who no one made room for, were not part of the plan, and yet keep coming back, pushing through and rising up« . From the slums of India, to the walls of an anarchist squats, Mona Caron has been painting her weeds everywhere their symbolism rimes with the lives of people who survive on the outskirts, the fringes of society.
This interactive map lists and localizes every mural ever painted by Mona Caron (with a few exceptions), with added photos, short descriptions and sometimes videos. Every photo comes from her website where you can learn more about her work.