The artist, who describes herself as “creating compressed narrative pieces, looking at the past through the present to tell the stories of our lives”, is showing her creations at Reading Conteporary Art Fair for the first time this weekend, and told us about what inspires her.
“I have always done watercolours since I left uni, and I have always been interested in buildings,” she explained. “I was driving into London one day and I was thinking why that was. And I started thinking about the connnections I have with London, because my great-aunt had lived there and she used to tell us all about standing up on the rooftops, fire-watching during the war. So I decided to go back and look at the building [where she had stood]. She just passed away about 18 months ago so it’s interesting I’m only looking at these questions now.”
Becky’s work sees her taking her own photos of buildings and sourcing photographs of the same cityscapes or key buildings, but from the past. Working on tracing paper, she layers the images, drawing and building outlines over the top of them using a glue gun – blending the past and present in vivid colour.
Becky, who only began showing her work at art fairs earlier this year, said she had heard great things about Reading Contemporary Art Fair and was looking forward to setting up there. “I know artists who have been there and said how great it is to be with other artists.
“This year I wanted to take these new artworks out of my studio; it’s a big step for me to do that. I chose Reading because it’s got such a good reputation, you get a good response from the people in the town.
“People have said to me, ‘how many do you want to sell?’ but selling for me is a bonus – what is great is getting feedback on my work and talking about my work. You have a chance to explain the process that went into it.”
Sir John Madejski will officially open Reading Contemporary Art Fair at a private viewing at Rivermead Leisure Centre tonight (Friday), and the fair runs from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 10am-5pm on Sunday. Weekend adult tickets are £5.25 and concessions are £4.25. To buy tickets, or reserve workshop places, visit www.reading contemporary
Visit www.beckyyoungartist.co.uk for more examples of Becky’s work.