Shapes, forms, and textures merge in a gorgeous symphony at Becka Saville’s
whim. Her body of work elegantly shifts between maximalism and digitally rendered shapes. Across her creations, viewers can find textures and vibrant colors that draw them seamlessly from one vignette to another. She has carved out a sugar-coated camouflage of digitization in both her memory
series on Foundation.
Becka’s mastery of her medium makes her artwork both alluring and visually impactful. We picked the London-based designer’s brain to learn more about how she’s been balancing her day job with creating NFTs, finding an international community of artists, and visualizing memories through the digital.
How did you first discover and enter NFTs? What's the most remarkable thing you've seen or learned?
Seeing that the platform had launched in February 2021 through a tweet, I was amazed by the idea that I could sell the digital art that I was creating on Instagram, and Foundation looked like an amazing place to do so. It felt like an exciting time. The power was finally in the creator’s hands, and I really wanted to be part of it.
Over time, I’ve learned that patience is key, and focusing on creating is the most important part. The most remarkable thing for me is meeting so many amazing artists from the community, chatting to them about random subjects, and going off on tangents that can lead to some amazing conversations that inspire artwork. I was minting around once per week, but only if I had 2-3 pieces unsold. One of my pieces I listed and it had an offer within minutes—I was amazed!
What's your experience been working a fabulous day job and balancing your experiments in NFTs?
Well, It’s been a busy time for sure. I currently work full-time as a senior designer at ViacomCBS, so I design digital content for youth and entertainment brands, such as MTV and Comedy Central. I focus on my artwork for NFTs in the evenings and weekends. I’ve always done experiments to push my creativity forward, and try out new visual effects and outcomes. The process of creating artwork, for me, has been a way to unwind. It's so much fun, so I never see it as a chore.
I make sure I take time to switch off to avoid burning out, taking time to just go to the beach to get away from a screen. It’s so important to do that and definitely helps to get out of your head for a bit. Taking a full day off, away from screens every week has helped me be more focused and less stressed. It allows you to be more present, and you can reset.
You've developed a broad international following to say the least, how has the blockchain and the communities around it played into that circuit or what potential do you see for them in the future?
Yeah it’s been incredible so far, meeting so many people and making relationships internationally. Talking to amazing artists such as Katie Torn
in NYC, EM! (CryptoFantasy)
in Japan, Gywn
in Canada, to name a few, has been amazing. We share ideas and support each other, and I’m always excited to see what they’re working on next. I can’t wait until we can do IRL meet-ups internationally. The power of community is everything, and it’s amazing to see DAOs doing incredible things in the space for charities and underrepresented communities, like Seed Club, and HerstoryDAO
, for instance.
There is so much dimension and fluidity in your work, it's mesmerizing and impossible to stop watching. How do you decide what to release, and what's ahead for your work on Foundation?
Thank you. It’s interesting to hear, since that's how I feel when I’m making a piece. It’s a space where I can zone out through manipulating colorful pixels, it’s mesmerizing in itself.
My work at the moment has taken a stylistic direction that I’m continuing to explore. It started out very uniform, where everything had to be perfect, but I like that my new direction can allow for a bit more texture and grit. Through researching memories for my recent work, the notion of recalling memories, I imagined this fluid motion, explosions and flexibility to it and has inspired a new way of working for me.
When choosing which work to release, I have a few pieces on the go at one time. I think about curating my profile on Foundation, and seeing how they fit together as a whole body of work. I like how each piece is different in ways, but hopefully feels coherent.
I’m looking to expand my research on memories. It's allowing me to learn so much—not only about the subject, but also about myself. My recently minted piece, Memory Burst, is about flashbacks. I wanted to create a piece that visualized these explosions of memories almost hitting you in the face, where you’re confronted with them.
For the next few months, I plan to learn how to make music on a range of synths, so I would love to learn more about creating visuals from that.