Music & People — Shelley de Bruyn

Music & People

Shelley de Bruyn


Monster Valley resident artist Shelley de Bruyn talked to us this week on her W’s! Shelley's wicked murals are a vibrant melting pot of psychedelia and hyper realism. Served up for all to enjoy. SEA SHELLS.

Who do you look up to?

I feel like I could easily get carried away by this question, I’m so lucky to be surrounded by so many talented people. But locally I would say my cute & sweet bff Toni Gill, my boss Karl Sheridan (director of Monster Valley) and Pippa Haslam, an incredibly talented animator and my oldest friend.

What do you do as soon as you wake up in the morning?

I wish i could tell you, I wish I knew myself. My brain doesn't really turn on until around 11am and prior to that it's this weird blur of failed interactions and tripping over my own feet.

When was the last time you felt super inspired?

The last time I felt super inspired I was laying in bed on the verge of falling asleep and I remember frantically trying to grasp at this idea that I was convinced was revolutionary and was going to change my life (although I'm sure it was incredibly unexceptional.) I recall willing myself to get up and scramble around for a notebook but my head was too heavy and my willpower was quickly diminishing and then there was darkness. Sleep ate my idea, and it still haunts me to this day.

Where is your happy place?

Easy. Sitting on the floor of my shower drinking instant coffee. It’s the little things ya know. Easily entertained. And that way if you spill (which i do regularly, I'm clumsy in the mornings) it’s super chill because your mess just disappears down the drain.

How do you picture yourself in the future?

I don’t like to think of the future too much because it’s easy to get stuck there. It’s a period of time that you always want to be in because of all the wonderful concepts you have envisioned for yourself. But then the future becomes the present and you wish for the past again because either your wishes (a) never came true (b) were hideously mediocre or (c) weren't worth all the fuss. I hope I'm not still poor though, that'd be rad.

Why does art matter?

People are inundated with gloom, streamed at them from all directions. Art provides a necessary escape, a beautiful respite. It gives our mind a chance to rest, but it can also create a synergy of change. Life is dull without perspective. I will never do this question justice.