Journal of Conscious Evolution


This paper explores the development and expression of street art from the end of the twentieth century to the present day. I examine the street art’s use and definition of public space and how it challenges the prevailing paradigm on property and ownership. I explore the way that street art uses the language of advertising to reach the largest amount of people, while speaking out against all that consumerism stands for. I discuss how in braking down the boundaries between high art and low, and using images from every source imaginable, street speaks to the post-modern projects desire to see beyond disciplines and deny all hierarchies. I delve into the work of fames street artist Swoon and her art collective Toyshop and see how street art is seeking to facilitate a change in consciousness from a fixed and static way of seeing reality, to an organic and flowing mode of being.