I'm totally charmed by Becca's work around LA, so I really wanted to interview her.
You're back after a couple of years off the art scene, with a big show at White Walls, and new work on the streets in SF & LA. Did you take a break from art altogether, or just from publicly displaying your work?
Yes. 15 years of being on the streets of LA and in fancy galleries, I had to escape for a minute and think & help my mom out.
I taught at VA. Commonwealth University and waited tables at Mamma Zu restaurant in Richmond Va.
Waiting tables was easier for me than teaching. Then my mom got really sick so i left Richmond to take care of her full time in Nova.
We live in Austin now to be near my niece and nephew.
Concentrating on my painting has been great! I thought I forgot how to do it, it definitely takes a lot of practice.
Do you notice a change in your work now, or have you picked up where you left off?
I'm happier with the new paintings.
I've heard of a film about you being made; what can we expect from that, and when is it likely to be done?
Yes. The documentary will be 1/2 Hr. Wal*Art
& Jetset Graffiti
are producing it. It has been a great experience. I would love to tell you when it will be released but it's being edited, so it's anyone's guess.
There's a joyfulness about your characters; is that because it's what pleases you, or are you consciously trying to affect the people that see your work?
When I'm painting a girl, a lady or animals i try to bring them to life for me. I like to have company and that's what my paintings are, they're tangible.
The placement of the first Becca piece I came across really struck me because it was a small girl & doll, in a pretty dirty, deserted back alley. But you've also put work in prominent locations like Rodeo Drive. What determines where a character is placed, and why would you choose a location that only a few people will ever see?
After the LA riots i moved to LA. i saw it as a canvas with a captive audience, people in their cars. i started my street work way before the internet and digital cameras, the streets were a vehicle for me to get my work out there without spending a fortune on film and slides. i had the corner of La Brea & 3rd for 3 yrs, that was great.
The pieces in the alleys, under bridges were either for me or a friend.
You've created a few dice paintings recently, which seem to be a departure from your usual characters; is there any significance to that, or was it just for fun? Why dice?
Princess Diana was someone i really looked up to and admired. i only do a solitary die in memory of her.
You've said in the past that you might move on from putting work in the street and concentrate on gallery work; do you still feel that way?
i'm always trying to get off of the steets, but, ultimately, i love it.
What would your ideal project be? (theme, collaborators, location , etc.)
dream project ? i have so many.
i would love to animate my characters with music etc..
If you could buy any three pieces of art, what would they be?
A Vulliard, a Jeff Koons & a Rothko
Other than art, what are your passions?
cooking, hanging out with me pups, chilling w/ friends,
What's next for you? What shows or projects do you have planed?
Miami Basel with White Walls Gallery in December.
A group show at Copro Gallery in December.
What everyone should know is...
it's rough out ther dog. ruff, ruff.
Check out more Becca work here
, her website here
, and her work at Wal Art
(including some new prints) and at White Walls
. She's also included in a new book, 'Edgy Cute'
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