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Finding the meaning

I stumbled upon this piece of street art in Newcastle, NSW. I’m struggling with the message, I’m aware that may make me stupid.


It appears as if the lady is talking messages of love to the dog, as it appears to be a speech bubble rather than a thought bubble. But her mouth is closed… So maybe the speech bubble is someone else’s graffiti added later on? Without it, she simply looks like a lazy cleaner, sweeping things under the curtain. This makes sense on its own.

But with the speech, I don’t know what message it conveys. Is she angry at the dog for making a mess and she is trying to teach the animal some human morals? Is it a thought bubble and although pretty mad at the dog, she is trying to remain a compassionate person?

Sadly, I haven’t been able to find info on this one, so we may have to resort to personal perspectives. What do you think?

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  1. I agree with previous comments about timing of second piece. But where I would like to discuss further is the point that you be made about artist description of art. Sometimes it matters, but not necessarily: the art should be a piece on its own , speaking for itself. Now here, most likely we have two artists. While the first does not require any explanation, the layer addition is more interesting. Because to my vision ( might be totally different from artist’s idea) it reflects that a person can find piece and love even cleaning dog poop. If you clean, you minor, it is similar to mediation. πŸ™‚ nice post!

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    • Thanks for adding your thoughts. I do prefer to read the intended message from the artist if there is one, although I am open to my own interpretation if a message isn’t obvious or added by the artist. I like your perspective, although what throws me off is she doesn’t look happy… Maybe the second artist tried to put a twist on it to change her mood and make her seem happier than she was originally. Thanks!

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    • Interestingly, my initial thought was exactly the opposite. To me, the message of the art was “going to sweep peace, love and happiness under the rug” and the dog was thinking something like “are you sure that’s a good idea?” …

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