I first came across Miso during my visit to the Philip Shaw winery in Australia, and immediately fell in love with her style of illustration.
Ukrainian artist Miso (also known as Stanislava Pinchuk) is based in Melbourne, Australia. She started her career as a street artist but later moved her attention to mediums such as paper and installations. Although her ideas bubble up wherever she is, her creative process most often starts underwater – when she’s swimming.
Speaking about her experience in Melbourne:
“I was 14, and I was wandering around the city a lot, seeing new things in the street every week. I guess that it was a pretty exciting time. Then I met a few other young, punk kids into it, and we started working together, exploring abandoned factories, painting and things like that.”
I do like her art and installations, but the part about her that’s particularly special is the creation of her handmade tattoos. Instead of receiving payment for her artistic practice, she barters tattoos in return for goods or some sort of favour. To her, tattoos are too important and intimate for her to take money for at this stage.
As she says, she charges “What someone feels it’s worth. Maybe they teach me a skill in return, cook me dinner, give me a book I would love, assistant work, whiskey. You never know, but everyone feels good about it, which I like. But more and more, I feel like it’s becoming a bigger part of my practice.”
For James, traded for a print. For Taryn, traded for dinner.For Reiko, traded for a drawing.
For Sybille, traded for hoop earrings woven from Miso’s hair (for real).
For Bobby, traded for photography.
Miso is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery and her work has been shown across numerous exhibitions, campaigns, and publications including The National Gallery of Australia, Vogue, Russh, Oyster Magazine, TEDxSydney, Chanel, Tiffany & Co, and Fast Company NYC.
I’m currently on a search for a tattoo artist – if only she was traveling through Berlin!