"Theres that great quote floating around the web attributed to Robert Downey Jr., 'Listen, smile, agree, and then do whatever the fuck you were gonna do anyway.'
Be an artist. Artists have always been working on the streets and in public, but 'street art' is a relatively new term. Before that, it was called Art Intervention, Guerrilla Art, Detournement, Graffiti, Vandalism, Protest Art, etc. I'd argue that most of the great street artists dont really consider what they do street art exactly; or if they do, they see it as only a component of what they do as an artist (or activist).
I feel like that about my work; I paint with aerosol, I hijack advertising space, and I paint walls. But I also make video/film works, photography-based works, and large installation exhibitions. Each project/body of work/exhibition is something I'm passionate about making, which can mean being out all night hijacking advertising space or spending months re-building my childhood home for an exhibition.
So In the wise words of Downey Jr., do whatever the fuck you were going to do anyway. Make the work you want to make, and if that work happens to be on the street, great."
Photos of work by Nicole Reed