1stfans Twitter Art Feed Artist for May 2010: Odessa Begay

May’s 1stfans artist for the Twitter Art Feed is Odessa Begay, who has probably merged “twitter” and “art” in the most literal way by illustrating celebrity tweets. Begay, who’s a Brooklynite, has done a tremendous job taking single tweets and making them into something larger and, often, more hilarious. If you scroll through the “Museum of Modern Tweets” website, you’ll see what I mean (I cannot stop laughing at the Michael Moore one). Odessa has received a fair amount of notoriety for this project, but her reasons for doing these illustrations make sense. As she says in this interview, “Celebrities are supposed to be larger than life, but a lot of what they reveal about their lives on Twitter makes them seem pretty normal and boring,” Begay tells Asylum. “I just think it’s funny to imagine it differently.”


For the Twitter Art Feed, Odessa will take solicit suggestions of celebrities or specific tweets that 1stfans find interesting, and then she’ll illustrate the ones she likes best. Keeping with her schedule, that should work out to be four illustrations for the month. In between the illustrations, Odessa will talk about her process for doing these, explain what she likes best about celebrities on twitter, and field questions from 1stfans. Not a 1stfan member? You can sign up on our website. It’s only $20…

The 1stfans Twitter Art Feed is no longer a benefit of 1stfans membership, but the original feed in its entirety has been archived on the Brooklyn Museum website.