"By re-purposing tools utilized to create uncommissioned Graffiti, I address a paradox in the identity of Graffiti as an art movement within the context of modern Art History. Graffiti is the most up-and-coming art movement in this century. Its current form/practice started in the United States and has been spreading around the world for nearly 50 years, yet remains largely unrecognized by mainstream society as a legitimate school of art such as Modernism or Impressionism.

Arranging into traditional art forms, such as sculptures and paintings, the very instruments employed in the act and practice of Graffiti now question the complexity between the movement of Graffiti itself and its perception alongside other art movements in history. These works, which feature used spray paint cans, inks dripped from refill bottles in combination with resin, acrylic and enamel, represent comical, implausible, and authentic scenarios in the life of a Graffiti artist."

                                                                                                                 -Emerald


Born in South Miami during the mid-1980's, Emerald (also known as Echo or Lady Echo) grew up as the youngest and only daughter in a family of three boys. As a young girl, her favorite activity was riding on the back pegs of her oldest brother's bike while being taught how to read the signatures of Graffiti artists from around their neighborhood.

By 1994, Emerald had a "tag" and was learning how to use spray paint. In 1999, she began pursuing Graffiti and Art as a passion. She attended a pre-college program at Pratt Institute in New York City (just before 9/11) during the summer of 2001, receiving only a month of formal training in painting, drawing and art history. She has continued painting ever since.

Many of Emerald's works can be found interacting in public spaces throughout the United States and Europe, or rolling along freight lines from the United States to Mexico and Canada.


Credits

2017    We Ride By Train Magazine, Interview: Lady Echo | USA

2016    Barbiturix, Interview: Lady Echo | France

2016    Bombing Science, Interview: Lady Echo | Canada

2016    ZIPGUN, 10 Q's - ECHO

2016    ZIPGUN, Banned in Los Angeles 

2015    Spray Daily, Hi My Name Is Echo

2015     "Where Are Ü Now?" Music Video | Skrillex and Diplo feat. Justin Bieber | USA

2015     Molotow Blog | Lahr, Germany

2015     The Roskilde Feeling | HISS!G Music Magazine | Norway

2015     Run For Cover Blog | Copenhagen, Denmark

2014     LAist Blog | Los Angeles, USA

2014     LA Taco Blog | Los Angeles, USA

2014     Molotow Blog | Lahr, Germany

2014     Roskilde Feeling 2014 Magazine | Denmark

2014    The Name Is The Faith Of Graffiti Article | KMUW Wichita Public Radio | Wichita, KS. USA

2013    Half Way To Nowhere Video | Complex.com | USA

2013    Very Nearly Almost Magazine, Issue 24  | London, UK

2013     Artist Profile: Echoe Interview  | Watch This Space | London, UK

2012     "Lehhhgooo" Music Video | N.O.R.E. feat. Busta Rhymes and Waka Flocka | USA

2012     The Prose Reader: Essays For Thinking, Reading and Writing 9th Edition | Pearson Education | Upper Saddle River, NJ. | Worldwide Distribution

2009     OIL: A True Soldier Interview | GraffRadio.com | USA

2008     Clout Magazine | San Jose, CA. USA

2008     ECHO Interview | BombingScience.com | Canada

2005     5 Pointz 2005  | Riotsound.com | NYC, USA

2005     All City Magazine | Paris, France


Collective Exhibitions

September 2017 | We Exist | Hitman | Los Angeles, CA. USA

June 2017 | DTLA Artwalk Pop Up | Dejavita HQ | Los Angeles, CA. USA

May 2017 | DTLA Artwalk Pop Up | Dejavita HQ | Los Angeles, CA. USA

March 2017 | Näkyväksi neulottu (collaboration with Niina Mantisen)| Sinkka Museum | Kerava, Finland

August 2016 | POW!WOW! Antelope Valley | Museum of Art & History | Lancaster, CA. USA

May 2016 | Ridin Dirty 2 | Art Primo | Seattle, WA. USA

April 2016 | Nude Survey Five | MuzeuMM | Los Angeles, CA. USA

October 2015 | Every Angeleno Counts | Homeboy Industries | Los Angeles, CA. USA

July 2015 | RF Graffiti Zone 2015 | Roskilde Festival | Roskilde, Denmark

March 2015 | Delia Brown Benefit Auction | C Nichols Project | Los Angeles, CA. USA

December 2014 | All Work and No Play | Art Primo Seattle | Seattle, WA. USA

November 2014 | The Jacket Show Pt 2 | Oakland Terminal Gallery | Oakland, CA. USA

October 2014 | Every Angeleno Counts | Homeboy Industries | Los Angeles, CA. USA

July 2014 | RF Graff 2014 | Roskilde Festival | Roskilde, Denmark

December 2013 | Wish List | Gabba Gallery | Los Angeles, CA. USA

October 2013 | Steel Heels | Nelson Street Gallery | Atlanta, GA. USA

April 2013 | Garden Exhibit | Notre Dame Estate | London, UK

March 2010 | Steel Wheels | Traveling Exhibit | Miami, FL. USA

May 2004 | The Street Changes Forever Everywhere | Space Gallery | Pittsburgh, PA. USA