Today the Beshues, who own a beloved Ethiopian bar in the city called Club Waziema, totally understand and support their daughter’s chosen field. After teaching herself various design programs, Rewina enrolled at San Francisco State University to study animation and visual art. Some of her favorite themes are cubes, graph paper, primary colors, and what she refers to as “doodles.” “Keith Haring was a really big inspiration to me,” she says. “I went to the Haring exhibit at the de Young museum a couple months ago and I did something so disrespectful.” Her eyes widen mischievously and she whispers, “I touched one of his paintings.”
Beshue is especially proud of her animations, which feature everything from a blooming rose to a gabbing gap-toothed mouth (“They take months [to make]!”). In a project shown at Tyra Mitchell’s Brooklyn show Girl Artist Takeover, she created animation over Pharrell’s official video for “Frontin’.” “People were like, ‘Was this his video? Did he put it out?’ And I was like, ‘Nah, I did it!’” says Beshue.
Any word from Mr. Williams yet? “Oh my god,” she says, slumping down in her seat. “My friends and I are huge fans of N.E.R.D., like The Neptunes, Star Trak, Clones. If he ever reached out to me or my friends, I would have a heart attack!” She might even cry.