Q: You’re really honest and revealing as a songwriter. Are paintings receptacles for the same issues and feelings you put in your songs or do you find yourself exploring different ideas in your paintings?
A: It’s going to be interesting to see. I am starting to see some of the themes from my music in some of my paintings. It’s not really planned, it’s just sort of happening. Look at my past few album covers. It’s naked parts of my body. And I’m painting stuff like that. Body parts with no heads. Fake boobs. I’ve always had these issues with my identity, anxiety about my femininity. I never felt I really expressed it the way I wanted to with music. This is just another way to work through some of the issues I have.
Q: I suppose that’s what artists do.
A: I think so. I don’t understand where it’s all going to go, but it’s exciting to try to figure it out in this new way. And then there’s the total abstract expressionism, the animal part of me throwing stuff on paper. It’s fun to see what comes out of the unconscious. I guess you can compare that to guitar solos. It’s not constructed, it’s just seeing where it goes. You let it flow out and then try to construct it.
Q: Yeah, there are a lot of parallels.
A: The problem with music is, on stage you can’t go back and fix anything. I would make all these mistakes, what I thought were mistakes, and I couldn’t fix them. These days everything is documented forever. With a painting, I can fix it for years.