Miss Me in Montreal
i’ve tried finding out who Miss Me is, but apart from some other photos published online, there doesn’t seem to be any info available on this mysterious plateau artist. i’m going to assume Miss Me is a woman because of the highly stylized manner of the work (and that’s what my gut is telling me).
i found this above piece on the corner of rue marie anne and st laurent, and it depicts my beloved Billie Holiday and the lyrics of one of her most poignant and powerful songs “Strange Fruit” (which if you haven’t listened to yet in your pitiful life, YOU MUST).
“Southern trees bear a strange fruit
blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the summer breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.”
it’s about the lynching of black people in the south, and it will haunt the fuck outta your head for the rest of your life.
and here’s Miss Me’s depiction of George Gershwin as some kinda halo’d figure, holding up sheet music to Rhapsody in Blue, and his fingers are doing that religious-Jesus-finger thingamajig.
dontcha just love how i got the terminology down?
then Miss Me does an about-face, and goes from depicting musicians of yore to depicting famous cartoon characters fucking with the tag “Dessert For Breakfast.” Smurfette, Olive Oil, Hello Kitty, the girl from South Park, and Betty Boop.
message received! i mean really, i don’t need to explain what Miss Me is trying to express here.
we got it.