Monday, November 29, 2010

Getting beardy (and moustached!) with Rebecca Van Der Werff...

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Madonna with a Mo... by Rebecca Van Der Werff

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Elvis with a Mo... by Rebecca Van Der Werff

We posed some questions to one of our Beardo artists Rebecca Van Der Werff about her works in the current exhibition.  We loved the fact that Rebecca came to the launch in her gorgeous 'Moustache' tee-shirt so she certainly looked the part!

Tell us about yourself! Where are you from and what type of work do you do?
I would consider myself as an emerging Melbourne artist and moustache enthusiast. Predominately an oil painter, I have developed a style mainly consisting of monochromatic photorealism, exploring themes of pop culture, nostalgia and absurdity.

What attracted you to make work about beards?
Beards can express so many things. The work I've submitted are about culture, literature, religion, affection, celebrity and identity. Quite a lot to deal with, yet the versatility of facial hair can say all of this with just a few whiskers.

 I have an unusual obsession with male facial hair, especially moustaches, that stems back to my childhood when I would stand under my dad and stare up at him in the mirror whilst he pulled unusual faces during his shaving ritual. What a bizzare concept... hair growing out of his face! Since then beards, moustaches and sideburns have taken over my radar therefore altering every day outings and casual magazine flipping moments to a safari of “oohs,” “squees,” and “hey look at that one.”
I love beards. I love art. It only seemed natural to put the two together

Are you surprised by the reaction for 'beard related' art and how popular the beard is?
No not really, I think that beards have different connotations to every individual. They are as ever present and diverse as the female figure or a city sky line... they are there, why not admire them.

What attracted you to take part in Beardo - the exhibition?
I actually heard about the exhibition when I was in the midst of job hunting. I was looking for a way to create a 'new me'. Like the celebrity's I've painted, a splash of facial hair is all you need to become a new person. Being apart of Beardo was simply an obvious and appropriate decision at the time. I only wish I had more work to submit. I was almost tempted to slap a beard on every artwork I've ever painted.

What do you think people will take away with them from seeing your work?
I make my work for one main reason; pure self amusement. I hope that people will look at my work and be equally amused, even for just a second. And if they aren't, I'm sure it will "grow" on them over time.

Come and check out Rebecca's works as part of Beardo until 18 December!

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