I am inspired by the sense of the everyday being intrinsic to art practice and performance, and art informing the everyday, as it relates to the way i see my own work. Cosey Fanni Tutti - musician, artist, performer, mother - is equally a powerful female cultural icon and true original. Born in 1951, she takes the everyday as inpiration for art and performance, choosing to expose herself to the more extreme elements of daily life. It is her confidence, femininity, the directness and depth to her writen work that holds my respect and admiration.
some of her words:
Life is the true artistic media. A denial of life and the world about us is a denial of oneself and ones perception. You must open yourself fully to experiences which present themselves.
So now, because the artist of today is often afraid to create and say what he/ she feels, we are subjected constantly to work that is dishonest, heartless and therefore completely worthless. No huge political manoeuvre was ever intended by our work. I dare say when Society is allowed to progress a little, the art world will also. Meanwhile, the people who are living and working a true life have to sit back and be sickened by the safe “artists” who reap the benefits of what they were doing five years ago. So in years to come the safe “artists” will get credit and reward for what we and others were doing despite press disapproval in the Seventies. As we all know, an Artist is only valuable when he/ she is dead, or near to it. It makes one wonder. Acceptability is something to be wary of, we may be lying to ourselves but making others very rich.
As our sexuality is a key to our ‘whole being’ it has always been extremely important to me to explore and find myself. Through my actions I retained one rule which was; to remain true to myself, to question myself but, also to listen. My actions have always been lessons to me, teaching me about myself, taking away barriers which had no meaning in reality and replacing them with experiences which enriched my whole life and enabled me to go forward as a more sensitive human being ready to ‘live’ life and not merely survive it.
her vocal line on ‘hot on the heels of love’ is so breathless, airy and gives me shivers on every listen, no matter the temperature.
more inscriptions, pictures and statements of works to read at http://www.coseyfannitutti.com/