Art & Design
When Rebecca started painting and exhibiting on a full-time basis she did not use or refer to herself by the name ‘Bec Pierce’, that she had been known as for the prior twenty years when designing and licensing in the fashion industry. Rebecca changed her moniker to ‘Rebecca Pierce’.
This deliberate change was in response to the negative connotations attached to artists entering the realm of Fine Arts from a (noted) design background. Fast forward twenty years and the association between Art and Design no longer requires concealment, as the perception of Design has been elevated to akin, albeit different to that of Fine Arts.
These perceptions and associations have also been felt, and to some degrees still are, by genres such as ceramics and collage.
The art market today reflects a blurring of the boundaries between Fine Art and Design, a significant perceptual overlap both aesthetically and conceptually has emerged.
No longer is it simply design providing a solution to a problem and art raising a question, promoting discussion, or eliciting a response, but design does often link to functionality.
Today the two disciplines are seen displayed side by side. Rebecca is now referenced by both Bec Pierce and Rebecca Pierce. This is a result of the natural evolution of the disciplines but has been assisted by the growth in the secondary market for the BEC PIERCE fashion and accessories product.