Springvale Artist Leaves mark on Dandenong
11 May 2018
Cutting edge street artist Mike Eleven is transforming a wall in the Indian Precinct and celebrating a Greater Dandenong Australia Day Award winner at the same time.
The mural explores the complexities young people with Indian backgrounds are often faced with – balancing an Indian upbringing with a contemporary Australian lifestyle.
The mural’s subject is this year’s Greater Dandenong Australia Day Young Leader of the Year award winner Aishwarya Pokkuluri.
Pokkuluri was recognised for her volunteer work and for giving Greater Dandenong’s most vulnerable and marginalised young people a voice.
Mike Eleven said the mural depicts two portraits of Ms Pokkuluri – representing the two worlds young people within Indian cultural backgrounds often find themselves between.
“The work depicts how Aishwarya moves between both worlds seamlessly and acts as a bridge between tradition and progress,” he said.
Mike Eleven was raised in Springvale and was named as one of Melbourne’s 40 most iconic artists in the Thames and Hudson book, Melbourne Street Art Guide.
Mike is also the youngest artist ever to be part of the London Secret Walls live art competition and has completed a number of murals across Melbourne.
The artwork, along with two other recently completed murals celebrates India’s next generation in Australia, complementing the more traditional and historically focused street artworks in the Indian Cultural Precinct.
The artworks created through this program are helping to create colour and vibrancy in Victoria’s most celebrated cluster of Indian commerce and culture.