This Artist's Taylor Swift '1989' Painting Series Came From A Place Much More Personal Than You Think — PHOTOS
Rebecca Rebouche is a New Orleans-based artist most closely associated with her work as a painter for Anthropologie. But that's about to change when the world sees what she's been working on in her spare time. Inspired by the album and Ryan Adam's permutation of the album, Rebouche created a series of paintings inspired by Taylor Swift's 1989, each one coinciding with a different song on the album. But, even without their association to the music, these paintings are exquisite, rare and bold enough to stand on their own. An evocative mix of whimsy and symbolic, they're bound to hang in many-a-rooms, soon.
What Rebouche loved about the "1989" album, despite the fact that it spoke to her in a time when she was reeling over a recent break up, was the reminder that we all go through the same peaks and valleys in our own love stories. We can all relate to the blisses and despairs and all the grey areas in-between. Rebouche decided to paint a visual representation of the songs to add another coping and unifying tool to the mix.
Of her creative process, Rebouche tells Bustle:
"Once the ideas for these paintings appeared to me, I couldn't get them out of my head. I even tried to forget them but they stayed with me for four months. It was like they weren't really mine. I just became their keeper. I became responsible for what happened to these ideas."
Just in time for the two-year anniversary of Swift's album, the collection will debut on Nov. 3 in New York, at Parasol Projects, located at 208 Bowery, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ET. Locals will have the opportunity to purchase her original prints or just gawk at them for hours. For the rest of us, prints of the paintings are available to purchase on-demand via Saatchi Art. They're available in different sizes, materials, and with different borders. Here's a sneak peek of the unreal collection:
"How You Get The Girl"
"And then you say I want you/ for worse or for better."
"Shake It Off"
"Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake/ I shake it off, I shake it off."
"Welcome To New York"
"The lights are so bright but they never blind me."
"Say you'll remember me, standing in a nice dress, staring at the sunset babe."
"And I said, stay, stay, stay."
As you can see, the paintings are not literal depictions of the songs. Instead. they're driven by emotional responses to the music. And yet, when you notice the title, the painting suddenly comes alive in a completely relevant way. Once you know the song that inspired it, you can't not see it.
If you can't make it to the show, you can still check out Rebouhe's Instagram because she posts pictures of her paintings all the time:
Images: Courtesy of Rebecca Rebouche (6)