Just the two of us is Veneno’s first NFT project. It is a collection of 5 engravings crafted and printed in the Printing Museum of Nantes.
This collection stages 5 couples and each piece transcribes an emotion: Passion, Complicity, Protection, Tenderness and Fusion. Her goal is for anyone to be able to feel these emotions and identify with the couples. This is the reason why they are wearing masks and hoods.
This collection represents the romanticism in the revolt. It refers to 3 worlds: Riots, Vandal graffiti and Crime. 3 worlds that have in common to look unknown and inaccessible.
The creative process for the series was the following: First, the pieces were drawn on a linoleum plate then engraved with gouges (blades that look like wood chisels). In this technique, what will be the light in the final piece is engraved and shadows remain full. The plate is then inked and paper is printed using a special press for engraving. Pieces are then vectorized.
Each of the five engravings were actually painted on walls in several countries.
- Passion is in the north of Paris (19th Arrondissement)
- Tenderness is in a warehouse in a city north of Paris
- Protect is on the facade of a 3 storey building on the Island “La Reunion” in the Indian Ocean
- Fusion is in the City Center of Rennes in Veneno home Region (Britany)
- Complicity is in the courtyard at the very center of the male prison of Oaxaca
More Lovers with hoods have appeared in several cities and countries like Togo in Africa and Veneno is really looking forward to painting more all over the world...
Veneno is a French graffiti artist based in Paris & Nantes. She started graffiti in 2006 and never stopped painting ever since. Graffiti brings her all over the world to paint during festivals and take part in projects like teaching graffiti & engraving in prisons or painting giant murals. Veneno studied graphic communication in art school and moved to Belgium to rejoin her crew named "CNN199". Then she moved for 3 years to Mexico, exclusively living out of selling her engraving art. Her projects to teach graffiti to slum kids and engraving to male prisoners in Oaxaca Mexico were really major experiences to her. In Oaxaca, Veneno actually met Yescka, the Mexican street-artist behind the Streetlab Genesis collection and they became good friends. Veneno’s graffiti style is really influenced by engraving. She uses a technique called cross hatching, consisting in crossing lines to get nuances and play with shadows. There is usually very little color in her work, 2 colors most of the time Black and White or Gold and White to emphasize contrasts. Contrast & duality are very important topics in all her practices: graffiti, illustration, scratching and engraving.
Veneno’s work spans across multiple spaces and practices. Curious by nature, she is always looking for new playfields and NFTs are an accelerator for a great one: Digital. Art can be in places where it is not expected like in the center of a prison and to her, digital is an entire new world for art to explore and to be more accessible.