Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beth Allen: A Day in the Life of a Rock 'n' Roller

Oscar Wilde once said: "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". By taking the position that Artists set the aesthetics through which we perceive Life, Mr. Wilde presented a belief that Art affects the way we look at the world around us and changes our perception of Life. He insisted that "things are because we see them, and what we see, and how we see it depends on the arts that have influenced us".

I don't know anyone who more embodies this philosophy than the amazingly talented and incredibly witty Beth Allen. To be around her energy is to be engulfed in a vortex of creativity, mayhem and fun! Her interests in the macabre and the unusual permeates her artwork and activities. From horror movies, skateboarding, tattoos and taxidermy (her stuffed rats posed in Hawaiian outfits are unbelievable) to her creative expression as a guitar, singer and bass player in numerous bands, Beth's life reflects her voracious appetite of pop culture, her great sense of humor, coupled with a lo-brow aesthetic that accents her approach to her creative output.

Beth has played guitar and bass in bands such as Cockpit, The Loudmouths, The McCools, The Jaded Fucks, The Womentors (an all-female Mentors tribute band) and The Meat Sluts. She currently plays ukulele in Pineapple Princess and guitar in her Zombie band The Wastedeads with Shawn Smith who's also in the garage band The Krypters.

Her love of making art from recycled items can be seen in her "Litterboxes", "Cuddle Zombies" and "Barbie's by Beth", while her love of Vans evolved into her website Don't Come Knockin' which was created for "van-addicts, vanaholics and fans of vans everywhere". In her spare time, Beth is an aspiring cinematographer! Check out her recent documentary "A Night with the Juggalos".

During our photo shoot, Beth had a way of making even mundane house hold chores seem interesting. Getting ready for band practice, which included dressing up as a Zombie, Beth made it seem like a natural progression to then take the dogs out for a walk! I am thrilled to present to you a photographic documentation of a slice of Beth's life she has graciously allowed us a bite of. Her Life indeed is a work of Art!

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Julie Pavlowski Green
July 26, 2014


1 comment:

  1. Beth is the absolute greatest! Just one of my most favorite ever, of all people on this planet! Thanks for this really cool slice of her life.