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kayla mahaffey, nectar, street art museum amsterdam, STRAAT

Kayla Mahaffey

(USA, 1994)

Nectar visualizes the preciousness of life itself and how it should be cherished. The girl wears a somber face as she holds a droplet of nectar, the divine drink of immortality. This directly contrasts the butterflies and flowers nestled chaotically on her torso, representing fragility, innocence, and mortality.

Born and raised on Chicago’s South Side, Kayla Mahaffey grew up learning to appreciate the charm and soul of her city. The world around her showed her how beauty still coexists with the grittiness of our society. Occasionally, taking inspiration from media and cartoons, her colorful paintings contain hints of whimsy and realism that tell a story of life’s journey, nostalgia, and communal topics that sometimes go unheard.

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