MissMe is an elusive, captivating and outspoken feminist artist hailing originally from Geneva – but has taken Montreal and the rest of North America by storm. Most widely recognized for her “Vandal” self portrait series – MissMe has garnered a cult following through her public art endeavors, as well as her sex positive messages for women. Unabashed and unafraid – MissMe champions for women to freely express themselves and their sexuality. She explores the concept of reclamation through wheatpasting around the streets of Montreal, Miami and Europe – large sketches of her naked body in different, powerful poses are an intentional act to reclaim her body from the male gaze – and encourages viewers to do the same. For MissMe, it is about ownership of her own body and fighting back against misogyny.
Her work is primarily known for its emphasis on black and white motifs – MissMe explains “I feel color is not always necessary to an image for it to be powerful”. The poses and message her self portraits send are more than enough to convey the emotion to viewers – it is visceral and vibrant – and encourages others to reclaim their autonomy over their bodies and sexuality. “I hope they gain strength from it. They gain confidence from it. I remember one girl was like, every time I pass, any of your stickers, I feel like someone’s cheering me up and I just stand strong, taller. Because I want to tell every single woman that’s doubting themselves, just the way I’m doubting myself too, I’m not pretending that I’ve figured it out, but I’m cheering you on, I got you, you got this. We need to stand taller to rock the boat. We need to do it because why the fuck not.”
Her newest print is no exception – “Don’t Shrink Yourself” releases this Thursday with Guy Hepner and The TAX Collection. The “Portrait of a Vandal” is showcased front and center proudly bearing her body while seemingly staring down the viewer – emanating power and hope. “It’s funny how it really bothers people because it’s naked, but I don’t claim it to be sexual. It’s aggressive, it’s in your face. It’s like people don’t really know what to do with this too. Like I’m uncomfortable. I’m like, yeah, well, maybe we should address this. If I was in a seductive, more cute, like it would be probably cool, but that’s not how I am. I’m yelling… angry naked woman yelling. An angry woman already, people are like, I don’t know about this, she’s crazy, she’s hysterical. But maybe she’s just got anger, that is legit.”