New talent – Jolien de Waele aka Kitsune
Hi Kitsune, where are you originally from?
I’m Belgian, grew up in a small rural town called Eksaarde and currently living in Lokeren. But I’m usually in Ghent and consider this city my second home.
Where was your first mural? Is it still available to see today?
My first attempt at a mural was in an illegal spot somewhere in Ghent, it’s still there but not for long. The city is tearing down the buildings.
When/Why did you start putting your art onto walls?
Long story short, while walking around in cities I was always noticing graffiti and art in the streets and being very curious about it. So last year I did an internship with The Crystal Ship, a street art festival in Ostend. I instantly felt at home and just in love with the street art movement and everything that comes with it. Something just clicked in my life. Shortly after I got involved with another organisation called Wallin’ vzw in Ghent, the guys from this organisation have been painting graffiti for years and convinced me to give spraycans a try. Being used to painting on canvas with acrylics or oil paint, I was curious to see if working on a larger scale would suit me. So on a cold day in november 2017 I went out, evidently bought all the wrong colours, struggled with caps and ruined my clothes. Learned a lot that day haha!
Do you paint with spray cans or do you use any other techniques or media?
For now I’m sticking to spraycans, practising can control and different techniques. In the future I’d like to experiment with mixing spraycans and paint with brushes. Every now and then I make some stencils. On canvas I prefer using oil paint.
Where do you get your inspiration ?
Usually it starts with emotions and experiences which translate into certain colours. I like using bright colours similar to the ones in pink sunrises and neon lights, along with soft pastels. Sometimes it’s just small details in daily life that give me a new idea. Mythology and associated fauna and flora is another big inspiration, actually my name Kitsune is from Japanese mythology about shapeshifting spirit foxes. In future murals I want to find ways to incorporate these inspirations a lot more.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of (And where can we find them)?
I have two favourites right now, one was made at a small street art festival at De Loods Skatepark, Oudenaarde. It was my seventh mural and the first time painting at a festival, so this made me push myself to do better and think outside of the box. The other has got to be one of my first murals in an abandoned building in Ghent, because it was the very first time I was actually happy with the colours, proportions and composition.
Have you collaborated with other artists? Do you have any artists you would like to collaborate with?
Not yet, perhaps artists with a more abstract style would be cool!
Is there a dream place worldwide where you would like to create an artwork?
Honestly anywhere warm and sunny would be great, if there’s a beach nearby that’s even better. But right now, just travelling outside of Belgium to paint a mural is a big dream, discovering new places and meeting people is always incredibly inspiring.
Do you have any exhibitions or upcoming art festivals?
It would be awesome to paint at more art festivals and I’m very grateful for every single opportunity coming my way. For now it’s just working on personal projects like murals for friends and a series of oil paintings I might exhibit this summer.
Thank’s a lot . Would you like to add anything else for Streetart360 readers?
Thanks Streetart360! Hopefully see you in the streets someday!
Thanks you so much Kitsune, we’d love you to see some of your murals here in Scotland.