In Dec 2003, I was in the middle of doing odd jobs while trying to build my freelance illustration business. This series sparked a firestorm of controversy locally, and gave me a much needed boost of notoriety. Someone mysteriously white washed my mural at night unauthorized, and they became the
“vandal” in the story. This was furthering the censorship issue already prevalent in the news at the
time due to Janet Jackson’s “Wardrobe malfunction”.
Through the ensuing years, Erin and the mural have evolved with annual
updates and modifications that correspond with Art Basel. Shortly after some critics claimed the artwork objectified women, I added a man into the series using broad shoulders to balance the wide hips. Art Basel the fair was brand new to the city at the time of this walls inception, and street art was just becoming known to the masses. Neither Wynwood nor Miami were known for their urban art scene yet.
Early news coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUDlFWor4mc
The popularity of this piece inspired a series of similarly shaped portraits such as "Miss Coppertone", "Interference", and numerous requests for custom pieces like this portrait of "Vane" which was exhibited in the Hong Kong Dimensions 07 Show (2007).
During Art Basel, 2003, Krave painted the mural entitled "Erin" on the wall of architect, Chad Oppenheim's office, facing Biscayne Boulevard at the corner of Northeast 37th Street and 2nd Avenue. Erin, with her derriere also clearly visible to westbound traffic on I-195, caused quite a stir. Many stopped to photograph the "21st Century Venus", but one citizen o read more