“ivy”, the tenth track from evermore, tells the story of a married woman falling in love with a person who is not her husband, leading to an affair.
The use of ivy is interesting as ivy plants can stick so firmly that they remove paint, damaged siding, and can even grow through window casings into the inside of the building. These plants are toxic and destructive, which is an interesting juxtaposition to the relationship.🪴
“cowboy like me” is a country-style song reminiscent of Taylor’s early days. It tells the story of two swindlers who fall in love through a cat-and-mouse fling. This was one of the difficult songs to get imagery and feeling without stating the obvious and using cowboys. I used film photography in the same was I did for “tolerate it” to get the old fashioned feeling and how previous things and can remind you of a loved one. 🥾
“long story short” is an ode to her lovers and the drama surrounding them in tabloids and her in the papers. I come across some old photos of myself and remembered the feelings I was going through at the time of a bad break up and what people said about me.
“Marjorie” is track 13 off of Taylor Swift’s ninth album evermore, and is a tribute to her late grandmother, Marjorie Finlay.
I recently lost my Granddad and currently experiencing similar feelings and thoughts the lyrics say especially coming up to Christmas at the time of making this, this song has a very special place for me and I think is very self-explanatory. 🧾
“Closure” is track 14 on evermore, which the narrator lays into an ex who can’t stand the idea that she’s still mad at him.
The lyrics of tears, beers and candles really stuck out to me though this song was the hardest to create an artwork and was the last one I created.
This piece is the only painted work throughout the series and I wish I did more now! I used the ideas of green bottles to covey the envy with some abstract colours of candles burning and glowing in the background. 🍺
Welcome to The “Sit Here In This Hurt” Series, where I will be responding to the album “evermore” in a range of mixed media processes. I will be starting with the last image to create a chronological order of posts. Please Enjoy x
The closing track on the standard edition of evermore is a meditative piano ballad tracking the narrator’s journey from a seemingly unending period of deep depression and hurt to a place of hope.
I used an outtake of my previous work as it created a dreamy feel for me and played with the ideas of lighting and really helped me when I was down at that time and helped me come to terms with certain things and express myself. 🌫
evermore: the ‘sit here in this hurt’ fifteen part series
a mixed media response to evermore
I’ve always created artwork based on music and lyrics subconsciously, I even did a workshop on it earlier in my second year of university and ive always wanted to respond to a whole album instead of doing the odd song When i’m feeling down, I tend to create and generate more and more ideas than when i’m in the best of moods hence the name of the series ‘sit here in this hurt’ also lyrics from track two.
In my previous post, I explained how I wanted to create an artwork for every song on an album and a few days later Taylor Swift surprised released Evermore. I decided to create an artwork for every song on the album taking a mixed media approach to certain lyrics which stuck out to me the most wether that be in film photography, painting, sketching or new media art.
“Bad Karma” is the tenth track from Miley Cyrus’ seventh studio album Plastic Hearts released in November 2020. The track features American rock star, Joan Jett.
The song has been around since May 2019 where a snippet was posted on Instagram when Miley was attending the Met Gala 2019.
Bad Karma shows us how Miley just wants to live in the moment and about her living carefree and not caring about the consequences of choices at the present moment. This represents Miley’s career as a whole as she is being unapologetically herself more than ever.
The artwork I created was really in the moment for me too! I loved the release of Plastic Hearts and for some reason, Bad Karma kept getting stuck in my head! I don’t know whether it was the Joan Jett moans or the nod back to Hannah Montana’s “double life” but I loved this song. The lyrics “They say it’s bad karma being such a heartbreaker” from the chorus kept playing over and over in my head. The idea of a ripped paper heart to show the heartbreak and the play of the album title with the BAD KARMA written in magazine cut-outs over it, came into my head. Straight away I had to put together the piece before the idea goes away and I ended up with this BAD KARMA digital artwork!
The use of the neon pink contrasted with the background gives that fragile paper ideology I wanted to get across and gives the nod to the Plastic Hearts album cover. The use of the magazine cut-outs get across how everything celebrities do is scrutinised by the tabloids especially with everything Miley has gone through in the past years.
Some of my previous work has consisted of illustrations of scenarios of lyrics and shows how I have interpreted the lyrics with the song title or lyrics written over them. Music as a whole has a huge part in my idea process for my artwork. I hope to create an artwork relating to each song on the album or an album but no promises!
The thinking allowed podcast by BBC sounds explores a range of different topics, this one I chose focused on the subjects of Surveillance. Laurie Taylor, the host of Thinking Allowed, explores how we have become the watchers, as well as the watched. From 9/11 to the Snowden leaks, stories about surveillance increasingly dominate the headlines.
Laurie opens the podcast by explaining about a fictional character which he explains as real from the data he has gotten off of her Facebook page and how easy it is for strangers to gather information about you and your day to day life. Laurie interviews David Lyon, the author of “The Culture of Surveillance: Watching as a Way of Life.” Lyon discusses and references George Orwell’s, 1984 (Which I might have to revisit after my previous post…) discussing “the image of Big Brother and being attacked by rats deflects the message of what is going on with actual surveillance.” Explaining how with new computer technologies, us as members of the public agreeing and not reading term and conditions and joining public WiFi servers. The participation of everyday devices, “terms of service, we click on it but don’t read it…” Lyon explains the use of everything we do now having data attached to it, such as card transactions and how the data the is stored like name and timings but not the actual contents. How do you feel about this, do you have anything to hide?
The Edward Snowden incident from 2013 got brought up in conversation also discussing how he leaked information to the NSA which Obama allegedly planned a cyberattack and how the NSA used webcams, undisclosed for a facial recognition database. Finally, how the U.K. Government had a secret deal with the NSA for records of phone, internet and email records of U.K. citizens.
Laurie Taylor then refers to one of my favourite theories a “bookshelf sweetheart” Alexa. I do believe home appliances do listen all the time waiting for the wake word, as they describe it. Sometimes they come on even when the wake word isn’t even mentioned. His wife let the paranoia get to her and covered up the Alexa exclaiming “we don’t want everyone knowing we watch Love Island… do we?”
The main thing I took away from the podcast is that we need to put care before control and know what data we are letting online for others to see.