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Whether it be as a musician, deejay, or even as a master hairstylist, Eve Rice has a long history of channelling her creativity in new directions.
The process continues Sept. 29 when Eve Rice is Head opens at Gallery Lacosse, 169 Lilac St. It is part of the eighth annual Culture Days weekend, which offers Manitobans thousands of free, hands-on interactive activities that will teach them more about the arts and the people working in them.
Rice has two enduring alter egos. In the 1990s, Vav Jungle debuted and went on to produce six releases. She toured North America and her music was featured in radio, television and film, including on The Chris Isaak Show and the W Network. In 2002, she refashioned her sound in becoming DJBeekeeni, a performance artist who combines singing with making DJ sets. In 2010 she worked with B52s vocalist Fred Schneider and the Superions to remix the song Batbaby.
Before DJBeekeeni, before Vav Jungle, Rice painted in secondary school.
"I thought I was moderately good, people thought I was really good and my art teacher said I was amazing," Rice recalled. "But I didn’t get that inspiration from my family. They said I wouldn’t make any money as an artist so I became a musician," she said with a grin.
Rice’s passion for painting was rekindled late in 2015 when she received acrylic paints for her birthday. Since then she has completed 160 pieces.
Her influences are many, including life experience, interior design, and even the music Rice listens to at the easel.
"I tend to work in two-dimensional," Rice offered. "I do realism but I also like to do themes and make it fun."
That fun is reflected in Rice’s frequent use of bright colours, which she said comes from both her excitement to paint and the vibrant world she sees in front of her.
"I see a lot of great modern art," Rice said. "I feel people are working out a lot of things in painting right now. I feel we are in a really good age of art."
Does Rice see a difference between the way she expresses herself as a musician and as an artist?
"I got termed as being a weird musician in the ’90s though I’m not really that weird," she said. "I have a way I do things and I suppose that seems like maybe I’m eccentric, but I think everyone’s eccentric these days, everybody’s trying to get a little attention.
"I don’t paint this because I want attention, it really comes out of me the way it does."
Vav Jungle hit the local scene in the 1990s, which was prime time for experimenting, Rice added.
"I didn’t know how I’d be perceived. I didn’t know if I was accepted, I still don’t know if I’m accepted in any scene.
"I don’t like to follow any scene at all. If it works for me I like it."
Opening night features music by DJBeekeeni and a discussion with Rice as she paints. Doors open at 8 p.m.. The exhibit runs for two weeks.
For more information visit evericegallery.com or gallerylacosse.com.
Community journalist — The Herald
Tony Zerucha is the community journalist for The Herald Email him at tony.zerucha@canstarnewscom Call him at 204-697-7112