Australia's artistically-minded singer-songwriter sees herself reflected in Bacon's provocative paints
Time is running out to get to the Art Gallery of NSW and take in its electrifying survey of the work of painter Francis Bacon, with the exhibition set to wrap up on Feb 24.
Being from a family of painters, I was surrounded by all kinds of visual art growing up and encouraged to form my own opinion on what I liked and didn't like. It wasn't forced upon us… like, ‘You must love and worship Francis or you are not worthy of being a Blackman!’
Both my mother and father have always been admirers of Bacon’s work. But I came to rediscover him as an adult on my own. I love his study works… the study of his self-portraits, the study of ‘Heads’… to see his process as part of a formal collection is intriguing to me.
Does any aspect of your songwriting reflect a painterly approach?
Yes definitely. From the way my pencils sound when they scratch paper as I’m writing the lyrics to the full worlds that I create in my head. I can vividly see the worlds when I sing them. And it has been so exiting and surprising to now express what only I could previously see now into illustrations. I wish I had the guts to say I write music like Francis Bacon paints! But I would say that I’m an artist.
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