A Parisian street art figure, Miss. Tic died on Sunday following an illness at the age of 66. The artist was known for her silhouettes of dark, beautiful and poetic women stencilled on the walls of the capital.
She will no longer draw her stencils but her silhouettes of dark, strong, beautiful and poetic women will always appeal to passers-by in the streets: Miss. Tic, a pioneering figure in Parisian street art, died on Sunday May 22 at the age of 66.
His death, which occurred in Paris following an illness, was announced by his family to AFP. On her social networks, the news is accompanied by a photo of the poet and visual artist in her studio.
Dated March 2022, the photo shows the artist, regularly exhibited in France and abroad since 1986, smiling behind her round glasses, with short gray hair.
The general public will surely remember the black hair – which she herself wore for a long time – of her heroines drawn on the walls of the capital in particular, which paved the way for many artists.
Myriad reactions to the death of Misstic, who deserves it. Unfortunately, she had no museum exhibition during her lifetime, no monograph, no acquisition by the State, no decoration: she deserved them. This is the fate of urban art, its glass ceiling. That must change. pic.twitter.com/blN3qKJpzu
— Christian Guémy aka C215 (@christianguemy) May 23, 2022
“I had a lot of respect for her career”, underlines on Twitter Christian Guémy, alias C215, another figure of French street art, who salutes “one of the founders of the art of stencil”, considering that “the walls from 13and (borough, Editor’s note) will never be the same again”.
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 beginning of the 1980s”.
“I loved this idea of street art”
“Her stencils, which have become iconic, resolutely feminist, will continue to poetize our streets for a long time”, reacted on Twitter the new Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak, celebrating “a great artist”.
Born to a Tunisian immigrant father and a Norman mother, Radhia Novat, her real name, began printing her art in 1985 in the streets of Butte-Montmartre – where she grew up –, the Marais, Montorgueil and of Butte-aux-Cailles, after a stay in California.
Miss.Tic left us. We are losing a great artist. Her stencils, which have become iconic, resolutely feminist, will continue to poetize our streets for a long time. pic.twitter.com/c4Zy8rxgsx
—Rima Abdul Malak (@RimaAbdulMalak) May 22, 2022
“I came from street theatre, I liked this idea of art in the street”, explained in 2011 to AFP this woman with a dull complexion, who borrowed her pseudonym from the witch Miss Tick of “La bande à Scrooge”.
“I thought to myself at first, ‘I’m going to write poems.’ Then: ‘It takes images’ with the poems. I started with self-portraits, then I continued towards the other women”, added the one who accompanied her works with incisive captions like “I put on wall art for bombard words hearts”, for his first portrait on a wall of 14and district, or “the man is a wolf for the man and a coward for the woman”.
“I use the contemporary woman a lot, the one we 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’m going to put women to sell them poetry'”, continued this unrepentant smoker.
Collaboration with major brands
Its beginnings are marked by long years of hardship and trouble with the law, 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 permanent, attracted the big brands in the 2000s, especially in the fashion world, where she collaborated with Kenzo, for a limited edition t-shirt, or Louis Vuitton.
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In 2007, she signed the poster for the film “La Fille coupé en deux”, by Claude Chabrol, participated in the 2010 edition of Petit Larousse by illustrating words from the French language and created a collection of stamps with the Post Office in occasion of Women’s Rights Day in 2011.
Some of his works have been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Paris. She will also be one of the artists exhibited in the fall at Paris City Hall, on the occasion of an exhibition retracing 40 years of urban art in the capital.
The date of his funeral, “which will be, according to his wishes, open to the public”, will be specified later, according to his official Facebook account.