Female street artists aren’t as rare as they once were, but few choose to embrace femininity like D.C.’s Decoy. Her line drawings of thoughtful women and ballerina-pink murals of love birds prove you don’t have to tag like a tough guy to be part of the scene. At her new show at the Fridge, she pushes even further into girly-girl territory with a set of 10 oversized, perfectly manicured fingernails in red, white, and baby blue. On many Saturdays, throughout the show, you can find the artist at work—painting tiny stripes and bows on patrons’ fingernails without a trace of irony. Still, her images—especially one of a sad-faced girl with an oversize bow—are hardly cutesy. Today, Decoy talks about the inspiration behind her work and why, for her, a set of well-manicured nails symbolizes strength and transformation.
The exhibit is on view noon to 8 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays to Nov. 25 at The Fridge, 516 1/2 8th St. SE. Free. (202) 664-4151. thefridgedc.com.