Juliana Hatfield Says Goodbye To The Stage, Hello To Art School

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.

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  1. Victor
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Saw her in Dallas a few years back and it was definitely one of the best I’ve ever seen. Really strong performance, really connected with the audience, and a smaller crowd made it feel very personal and honest. Obviously if the touring thing is affecting her health, I wouldn’t want her to continue, but if she ever feels the urge to come back to it, we’ll definitely be there.

    Good luck in whatever you pursue, Juliana.

  2. sadface
    Posted January 9, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Permalink

    this is simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking. to know we, as fans, will never see her perform on stage again just makes me feel like my chest is being sat upon by a really heavy person or animal. i am choosing drugs to cope.

  3. Posted January 12, 2012 at 3:04 am | Permalink

    Great post!

  4. Billy
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 6:43 am | Permalink

    As any artist. Growing and using different means of expression is natural . We grow we feel we see it all so different. And fullfilling wat we precieve as expression be it music art computers all of it takes a piece of us. It’s just up to us to find the fulfillment of it that makes us whole. Good luck to you Jules. And your music is always forever on vinyl . And in my soundtrack to my life. . We same age. Lived the same lies and joys and monsters. And your music helped and added to it. Thank you and good luck you’ll be just fine . School is knlowledge. And knowledge is soul power . Rock on sister . 4ver fan billy

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