Local artist flirts with youth, violence and life in the South West through cartoon
The violence of local artist Beedallo’s work is often offset by his charming illustrative style. In his art, teenagers and animals bleed from visible and invisible wounds: knives, whips, fire and worms. His work, with its stark primary colors and sharp geometric style, adorns the walls of the Lapis Room art gallery in Old Town, establishing it as part of the contemporary, yet bold and quirky Southwest movement.
Beedallo grew up surrounded by art with many Southwestern-style artisans on her mother’s side. She inherited a love for illustration from her mother, an illustrator herself, who taught her the art from an early age. His main interest, however, was cartoons.
“I always wanted to be a cartoonist. I used to watch ‘Fairly OddParents’ and try to draw the characters. I had cousins who really liked ‘Dragon Ball Z’. So even though I didn’t watch it, I was trying to copy the way they would. It was all for the purpose of being a cartoonist,” Beedallo said.
While she became interested in comics and graphic novels as a teenager, Beedallo’s ultimate goal was always motion animation. Recently, however, she’s come to appreciate comics as a medium in its own right.
“(I’ve) tried to think of comics as something that’s not just what you do before you do the cartoon (or) because you can’t do a cartoon. (I focused on) creating comics and operating the medium, so I’m happy with both,” Beedallo said.
Beedallo, who earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from Southwest University of Art in 2018, creates his greatest works of art outside of comics with epoxy, plywood, and cement. house painting, although for small rooms she often uses pencil and paper.
“My thing is, I want to make it as cheap as possible,” Beedallo said.
Her childhood in Los Chavez – a farming town between Los Lunas and Belen – influences much of her work, including recurring images and themes of childhood, animal slaughter and death.
“There are a lot of recurring themes in my work like animal slaughter, because we grew up around agricultural things. Being close to death – like a recent death – has always been part of my life. And also be an angry little girl. It’s kind of channeling what was around me as a kid that I need to revisit as an adult,” Beedallo said.
These youthful themes are reflected in his use of color, inspired by the primary colors of vintage toys as well as his own vision difficulties.
“Seeing vibrant colors that are immediately readable and large is really important to me because that’s what catches my eye the most.” Primary colors are basically something a child could see very easily,” Beedallo said.
Although much of her work involves themes of childhood and reflection, she also does commissioned work, including previous collaborations with bands like Karine and self neglect.
“We started working with Beedallo in the spring of this year… (She) had participated in this year’s project (Fun-A-Day Project at Fourteen fifteen Gallery) and we were all very intrigued by his work. For us, she basically stole the show, and I went back to see her work several times,” Self-Neglect wrote at daily lobo.
The band approached Beedallo with their new album “Miserable/Comfortable” and asked him for artwork in his style based on his reaction to the album. The final product would become the album cover.
“Beedallo’s work is visceral yet gentle and reminds me of that place between childhood daydreams, the place where instinct and wonder bubble furiously together and evoke the fresh, naked power of symbols,” Self-wrote. Neglect in their album announcement. .
Although his work has spread around the world through his collaborations with musical artists Pleasure and Beneebased in Australia and New Zealand respectively, Beedallo hopes to one day expand even further outside of New Mexico.
“I think I have that kind of duty to stay here. At least partially, I would like to expand outward, but my work is southwestern contemporary because it comes from here. If possible, I would like to move, but if I stay here, then I stay here. I’m proud of the work I’ve done here. If I never diversify, that’s not too bad for me,” Beedallo said.
Beedallo’s work can be found on her instagramwith works currently exhibited at Lapis Bedroom and A. Hurd Gallery. In May, she will open a new personal exhibition at the Salle Lapis.
Spenser Willden is the culture editor of the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at [email protected] or on Twitter @spenserwillden