Have you felt a collective shift of people's priorities through covid and has there been any underlying tones that you feel will inspire your future art and illustrations?
Yes and no. I feel like I was in a very privileged position during lockdowns etc - I didn't lose a lot of work, I have a house with ample space, I have a family who are pretty fun to hang with, we all like each other (most of the time!). There were hard moments, but overall I still felt pretty lucky. Many people were not in that situation at all, and I hate the idea of glorifying the pandemic as 'a new beginning' or brushing it off as 'shift in consciousness'.
I did really like the simplicity it brought to my life, and the closeness of the local community which I have felt, socially and commercially. I like that it heroed front line and health workers, who previously may have gone unrecognised for the vital work they do. All of those things were inspiring to me, and might come through in my artwork somehow!
Your home of Melbourne has had it tough over the past 2 years, so other than coming out of lock down, what makes you hopeful for 2022?
I think the attention the scientific community has been given has been really amazing, and that gives me hope (extra funding for them would be great too!). Also sometimes brilliant things are born out of adversity, and I think there will be great things coming up in the Melbourne creative community. I've seen incredible resilience in my kids, I think that's something which will stay with them forever (as long it's not scarring too!). I'm quite realistic though, I don't think we are quite out of the water yet, and still have a few years of this to go. Explore more of Beci’s work here.