Artist Danaé Brissonnet works big. The mural she’s in the process of painting on the Embassy Suites Hotel in the warehouse district is 14 stories high. She paints while perched in the basket of a dizzyingly tall piece of construction equipment. “Luckily, I’m not afraid of heights, because the machine shakes a lot,” she said, laughing.
Brissonnet, 28, hails from Quebec, but her art career has carried her near and far, from Mexico to Morocco to India. For the past nine years, she said, she hasn’t really had a home address. That’s the way she likes it, moving from city to city and culture to culture. She’s no stranger to New Orleans. Four years ago, Brissonnet painted a mural on the fence inside the Fair Grinds coffee shop on St. Claude Avenue (which is currently closed).