Jan 04, 2011 | Comments 6
Since the late 80’s artist becca has been taking her work to the street and pioneering a phenomena in Los Angeles that we now commonly know as “street art”. Her vision in seeing the potential of our urban landscapes as a endless canvas played an integral role in accelerating a movement that would change art and how artist express themselves forever. I am excited to not only get the opportunity to interview this artist but am honored that she is giving The Dirt Floor an exclusive to never before published photos of her early works from her personal collection including her first street piece. I am also pleased to announce her new site just released today which you could find at http://www.beccamidwood.com. We owe a debt of gratitude to this artist. Ladies and Gentlemen…becca.
What are five things about yourself that you could tell our audience that would give them a good sense of who you are?
I enjoy painting, cooking, driving & listening to loud music, taking pictures & spending time w/ people & animals
Does inspiration come easily to you?
When i have a show i go into autopilot & i love that.
You were one of the early street artist making your mark on Los Angeles during the 90’s, what was the scene like then and how is it different now?
There was no street art scene. the only ones out there were Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey, Twist, gang bangers & myself. When i started there wasn’t the advantage of immediate photo sharing. Now that that’s in place, there is an obviously huge scene out there. It impresses & overwhelms me simultaneously.
What is something people would be suprised or shocked to learn about you?
Leonard Cohen commissioned my first commission. I painted a sleeping woman on his porch floor.
Why should people care about art?
Because art can be mind blowing and strengthen your heart.
The lower case “b” in your signature intrigues me and seemingingly a concious decision made on your part. What is the significance of the lowercase “b”?
I like the way it looks
At one point you left the art scene behind for two years. Did you stop creating art during this time altogether? How did people react to it and what were some of the things you learned or reflected on during this hiatus?
I’m always creating whether it be cooking (which is my favorite passion) painting or anything really. I went to Virginia and taught painting & drawing at Virginia Commonwealth University and cooked & waited tables at Mamma Zu’s restaurant.
It was a great time in my life. i think it’s good to drop out and try new things and challenge yourself. During that time me mum became quite ill and i decided to help and care for her. i’m still doing that and while it isn’t as glamorous as being a successful artist in LA, it does provide me with a sense of doing the right thing.
What advice or warnings would you give to the aspiring artist today?
Find your own style & develop a strong work ethic.
If you could collaborate any project with any three people from any time period on any project, who would they be and what would the project be?
Collaborators: Hitchcock, Scorsese, Andy Warhol.
Project: A film
If an organiztion presented you with an award, what would you like it to be for and which organization would you like it to be from?
Best Picture from The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
If aliens made contact with you and asked you what your planet was like and the people in it, what would you tell them?
What kind of question is that?
If they made a movie about you, what would the title be and who would play you?
They did make a movie about me and now the director?producer’s picture is hanging in post offices.
What are the last three books you read?
J is for Judgement, T is for Trespass and I’m currently reading u is for Undertow. All by my favorite contemporary murder mystery writer Sue Grafton.
Finish this sentence, “I wish everyone would…
Adopt a pet and buy a becca.
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