Storytelling has been key to all of Rebecca Moses‘s creative endeavors. A designer, author, and artist, Moses created murals for the iconic Ralph Pucci building during Art Basel in December 2021. The exhibit, her third, titled Bubblegum, Lipstick, and Hope, contained pieces that reflected Hope, passion, determination, and the desire to stay true to one’s voice even in the most challenging times.
Chance to Dream
“How do we hold on to our sanity, aspirations, and dreams when life challenges become unbearable?” explained Moses of her vision. “In a sense, when I lifted my pens and brushes, it was like Alice falling into the rabbit hole, a chance to dream. It was an escape to a world I wanted to envision. Sometimes you just need to pop a bubble and put on some red lipstick to restore your Hope in life and belief in yourself.”
Moses was raised in New Jersey and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New Your City. She moved to Italy in 1990, becoming one of the first American designers to enter the European market.
In 2010, she published the book A Life of Style. It answers questions like: What is style? How does it evolve? And what can we do to develop our own style? A Life of Style consists entirely of Moses’s inventive watercolors and incorporates witty words of wisdom distilled from her own experiences. Her grace, personal style, and vision of life infiltrate all of her projects, which often celebrate individuality, diversity, and the female essence.
Optimistic State of Mind
“Women holding their heads high with dignity and putting on their best to champion themselves,” Moses said of the women portrayed in Bubblegum, Lipstick, and Hope. “Jewels that electrify their personae; hairdos that become crowns of pride; body language that shows strength, determination, and dignity. There is no standard of beauty. Each remarkable woman is her own champion. Their style is their voice and a glimpse of their dignity. No matter how outrageous, they hold on through life’s extraordinary times by staying true to themselves.”
During the 2020 lockdown, Moses created a social media campaign with illustrations inspired by letters from girls and women worldwide. She also painted the portraits of 46 nurses from Mount Sinai with the original artworks donated to the hospital for an exhibition.
Reflecting on the idea of Hope, Moses shared, “Hope is an optimistic state of mind based on an expectation of positive outcomes concerning events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. And when it is used as a verb, it implies to ‘expect with confidence and ‘to cherish a desire with anticipation. Hope is what keeps us alive and the quality I see in so many women. Without it, we have nothing.”
Written by Erin Prather Stafford
Images provided by TAG Collective