“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!