He has shown me the importance of self-expression as a form of self-preservation. Also, not to limit your mediums of expression. Not only was he a painter, but he was also a talented writer, poet and musician. Tell us a bit about your track on the compilation. What element of his life or work did you draw on? Music was a big inspiration for Basquiat, is visual art an inspiration for you? Visual art not only inspires me as a writer, but through creating visuals and collaborating with other visual artists, it has allowed what I do to become four dimensional, to take on new life and to create full, rounded worlds around all I do.
Pick one emerging visual artist whose work you are particularly into, and tell us why? His work is so important, especially for POC, because he allows us to see ourselves in a way that the majority of mainstream art does not. Looking at his paintings you can see not just the work of an incredibly gifted artist, but also a highly skilled story teller. I think his desire to be respected as an artist and for the depth of his work, as opposed to being attached to any type of gimmick is definitely something that inspires me.
Hearing recollections about his working practice and watching footage of him at work, he seemed to have a deep faith in his instincts. I thought this sounded pretty ground-breaking for the time — a very early example of sample culture and audio collage that you still find on hip-hop records today.
Basquiat was massive fan of collage. My artform is centred around words and in the spirit of his approach to collage I wanted to take his words and rework them. I watched and listened to all the Basquiat interviews I could find, wrote down everything that he had said and basically put together a verse rearranging the different quotes. The third verse is comprised of a reworking of different statements from the SAMO era of his work, with a little artistic licence. Like the spirit of SAMO rising again to tell one more story.
Definitely, visual arts stimulate things that audible arts cannot capture and vice versa. A piece of music can paint a picture in much the same way that a powerful image can write its own soundtrack. I also grew up in a environment rich in graffiti culture, so the power of the visual arts to make a statement about existence has always been a strong concept to me.
He creates really powerful images often splicing the mundane with the surreal and skewing reality long enough to make you do a double take. It was full of tiny cuttings and snippets from old books and magazines. It was deep to see the level of detail involved at a time when everything seems to be getting more and more computer-generated.
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