Laurie Anderson is one of my favorite multitalented artists, with creative skills in many directions.
Here are some highlights from her Wikipedia profile:
She is an American experimental performance artist, composer and musician who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of experimental music and art rock styles. Initially trained as a sculptor, Anderson did her first performance-art piece in the late 1960s.
Throughout the 1970s, Anderson did a variety of different performance-art activities. She became widely known outside the art world in 1981 when her single ‘O Superman’ reached number two on the UK pop charts.
She also starred in and directed the 1986 concert film Home of the Brave. In February 2010, she premiered a new theatrical work, entitled Delusion, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.
Anderson is a pioneer in electronic music and has invented several devices that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows…
Her website laurieanderson.com has more information on her projects, such as the first exhibition of her paintings in New York, and The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI naming her its first distinguished artist in residence.
In an interview, she talked about her life as an artist.
Do a little of this and a little of that…
Q: You have carved out your own place in culture, touching on elements of performance art and pop and new music and other things. But there remains no easy explanation or categorization for what you do. Is that actually a sign of success, from your viewpoint?
Laurie Anderson: You have to think about if you want to be pinned down as one thing or another. It’s hard to create an image that is so concrete and stable. That takes PR people. Nobody’s like that.
I much prefer being able to flit around. It’s just the way I am, from the time I was 5, doing this, doing that. I always wanted the freedom to change my mind and do different things.
Fortunately, my parents always said, “You know what, you don’t to have to decide what you’re going to be, ever. You can be something different every day if you want.”
I’m just doing what they told me do: Do a little of this and a little of that, don’t get trapped.”
Q: As an artist, you felt there was a predictable pattern you were slipping into?
Laurie Anderson: Oh sure. Many artists share that feeling, especially artists in their 50s, I think. I was talking to some of those people–my people–at a benefit the other night. We were talking about how you start something and then people identify you with that, and you keep doing it. It’s hard to get that excited anymore.
I don’t feel that, the lack of excitement, or at least not often. But I do know what they’re talking about, when you say to yourself, “Oh, should I do another one of those? What time is it?”
From article: Her Private Happy Meal, by Joseph Woodard, Los Angeles Times, January 27, 2002.
Video: Laurie Anderson: Can Artists Change the World?
Top two photos are from facebook.com/LaurieAnderson
Lower image is from book Laurie Anderson, by Roselee Goldberg.
Read about more multitalented creators like Gordon Parks, Julia Cameron, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Seymour, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Mayim Bialik, Jeff Bridges, Viggo Mortensen, David Lynch and others in article: Multitalented Creative People [an excerpt from my main book].
Article publié pour la première fois le 22/06/2014