Gia Trimble

by Chloe Schildhause

Mama Always Said a Little Soap & Water Never Killed Anybody
Artist Gia Trimble’s mother never cared for illegal splashes of paint on buildings. “I remember walking around in São Paulo [where I grew up], and my mom just being disgusted by street art and was like ‘Ugh, vandals,’” Trimble says. “And then it [just] so happened that I started working with street artists.”

The Los Angeles-based Trimble also works as a graphic designer and creative director of content at Wildfox, as well as in mediums of 3D programs, drawing, and oil painting—she recently painted a version of the Mona Lisa as a crying Kim Kardashian. “I use to [reference pop culture in my work], but I realized only I think I’m funny,” she admits with a laugh.

And despite her interest and studies in imperialism and the effects of colonization, she leaves political heavy-handedness out of her art. “I’ve tried doing the political work, but more often than not it’s lost on people. So instead of doing that, I guess it’s like a diversity of tactics, where I try to make images that are gorgeous.”