DAYDREAM with Rebecka Tollens

I met Rebecka Tollens while I was working on “The Tall Trees of Paris” book.  She was working at the Arts Factory gallery and book store in the Bastille area.  The gallery hosted the book release party for my Paris book. Over these visits I fell in love with going to the Arts Factory and having pastis at the end of the day with the owners Effi & Laurent.  I would always chat with Rebecka on these visits.  She started out studying international law.  During this time she went on a humanitarian mission to Ghana and a five month trip across South America.  After returning to Paris she radically changed course into art and illustration.  I had no idea she was an artist during my Paris visits.  Last summer was the first time I saw her work and it really blew me away.  “Daydream” is such a good title for her work.  The deeply atmospheric drawings are mysterious and playful with a wash of innocence on the surface.   They illustrate cracks in childhood and a struggle with feminism and relationships.  I highly recommend getting over to her exhibition.
Rebecka’s show Opens January 30th at the Arts Factory in Paris.