Today we’d like to introduce you to Boo Deity.
Boo moved from Kentucky to Hawaii after college and began a career in the art of selling art, via galleries. She continued her traveling adventures selling art in Nantucket, MA, San Diego, CA, and Stamford, CT. All along creating a breadth of her own paintings.
Her “Ah Ha! moment” was when she realized she could use her travels as a way to see her own paintings differently. She painted a 9ft x 6ft self-portrait of herself as The Virgin Mary with deer antlers and traveled with it from San Diego all across the desert and mountains to Connecticut. Every time she stopped at a National Monument or an Airbnb on the road trip, she set up her work as an installation in order to see her art in a different way.
Boo had her first art opening in TriBeCa, New York where she showed her huge traveling piece, “Mary Gets Around” and twelve other original works. She now works full-time out of her studio. If you were to peek in today, you would see one smiling artist living her dream.
Please tell us about your art.
I use polarizing colors to spray paint graffiti-esq phrases and tags. I pair the suggestive urban scrawl with unique colors to paint the beauty inside a face. It is important to me to allow the viewer to see beauty through destruction–that is my message. Painting is an ally in my desire to create, make, and produce. The desire to create has been the un-scratchable itch throughout my life. In 2016 I began my own clothing line, Street Stains, as a distraction from the medium of acrylic paint. The clothing I make, featuring my artwork, keeps my hands and mind continually charged for the paintbrush.
What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
Many of the platforms we use to communicate online are visual platforms–for this, I couldn’t be happier! This is a very exciting time for visual creators. I can create my whole Disneyland of Boo right in front of me on an easy-to-see website or social media page.
I think one of the things that goes unnoticed often is that when you do a monetary transaction with an artist, you are giving him/her permission to further experiment with their medium. This is a very important aspect to growing a community.
Local markets are a GREAT way to help artists in a community. Markets set deadlines for creating product and can be a vehicle of translation to a mother who wanted to get her kids a snow cone at the market–someone who never would have stepped inside an art gallery or who doesn’t get a chance to go downtown often. Commissions for public art, such as graffiti walls or statues, are great exposure for an artist and help to beautify and unite a community.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
If my art makes you feel moved, I want you to have it! On Instagram, DM is the best way to reach out to me. I see the gram as my 21st Century resume. If the original art you see on my Instagram page, @boo_deity is available, it sells between $4,000 and $8,000. I offer affordable Limited-Edition prints of all my work as well.
If clothing is more your style, I offer custom pieces starting at $65. A custom pair of Chuck Taylors, for example, will run you $200. You can see my clothing at @street_stains. My work can also be purchased on my website www.boodeity.com
- Website: www.boodeity.com
- Phone: 8599161626
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/boo_deity/
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/street_stains/