Interview with Becca Midwood for Lab Art Gallery – Los Angeles

January 5th, 2014

Becca Midwood

Lab Art Gallery Artist  

With much of street art being dominated by the masculinity of male artists, Becca Midwood has brought in a new taste in art with her distinguished feminine attribute. Her strokes are soft with dainty curves that bring a sense of beauty in the female form. Her art is an expression of love with beauty, leaving impressions of wonder and sweetness remaining in our hearts. Becca Midwood graduated from the prestigious Yale University, and is currently working on her projects stationed in Richmond, VA.

FP: There are so few female wild post/graffiti/street artists in LA…at least none that I know of; you are the only one I could name…why do you think that is? 

becca: I’m guessing it’s because I was the only girl out there?

FP: Guerrilla artist Robbie Conal is a close friend of mine…have the two of you ever met? You should collaborate…

 becca: I’ve never had an opportunity to meet Mr. Conal in person or anything like that, but we have collaborated on the street. I certainly would love the chance to work with him in a more formal manner.

FP: Generally how long does it take you to complete a piece, and then consequently how long will last at any given public space? Do you spend much time sketching and preparing before a work goes up, and then what is your process? Do you have to work at night? Have you ever been challenged while midway through a piece?

 becca: I can put together a piece in one to two days, anything longer that, that get on my nerves. My process involves paper, paint, wood and glue. My biggest thrill is when I can’t stand a painting I’m working on then last minute I get it figured out. II work when I work. I try to work on something (framing, painting, research, etc..) everyday.

FP: Have you ever documented the process via video? I think that would be cool to see… Do you keep photographic records of everything you’ve done?
becca: No, no video. I did appear on the ” nihilist corner” several years back. I’m really camera shy.

FP: How long did it take for legitimate galleries/collectors to notice the street work and start giving you credit?

becca: Quite a while. I started when I was 19 in Richmond, VA and Washington DC. Then went on to get my Masters at SFAI (they failed me, of course).
I did finally get my diploma from them.

FP: And are you still doing the street installation or have you now shifted away from that?

becca: I’m not too interested in the streets anymore. I used the streets for practice and self-promotion. Each piece I put up was a one-of-a-kind painting. No Xeroxes or posse, just me and my painting. I certainly don’t see myself crawling and scrawing, as I put it. I did the streets for 20 years, now I take care of my mum (full time) and paint for shows or commissions.

FP: It’s often the female form that makes your work so angelic and magical; there is a vulnerability that mixes with the roughness of the street surroundings…how did you first gravitate to painting girls? Content-wise a lot of it has a verbal edge that takes the piece to a different place; can you talk about that? How do your ideas come to you? Are they inspired by current events or feminist ideas?

becca: I like painting girls, ladies and women. When I do paint a guy he looks like a lady, so… ?

FP: Who are your influences?
becca: Vuillard, Basquiat, Colette Miller and me mum.

FP: Where are you currently living and what are you now working on?

becca: I live in Austin. I’m preparing for a big solo show in San Francisco at the White Walls Gallery. Opening night is Saturday July 11th.

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