Mick La Rock
Mick La Rock (Aileen Middel, Groningen, 1970) is Europe’s first and most well known female graffiti artist.
Since her first encounter with spray paint in 1983, Mick La Rock’s work developed through the years from the traditional NYC graffiti of the early 80’s to geometrical abstract mural art.
Intrigued by the question: “What does a letter do when it doesn’t have to be read anymore”, she alienates every element of her old graffiti name into abstraction, away from their original essence and composition. Her minimalistic two-
dimensional and three-dimensional work show influences of brutalist mid 20st century architecture and early 20st century Russian abstract art.
Mick La Rock graduated from the Hanzehoogeschool Groningen and took classes at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts, Amsterdam. During the 90’s - 00’s she worked and lived in both Amsterdam and New York, where she collaborated on big mural productions and became part of the New York graffiti scene.
For the Amsterdam Museum she was guest curator of the exhibition “Graffiti. New York meets The Dam”(2015-‘16).
For the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam she painted “Au Bonheur Des Dames”, a collaborational mural with Polish artist Paulina Olowska (2013).