STARMAN-ALIEN, DECADENT, LIBERATING

17 Mar

I loved seeing David Bowie on the cover of the Sunday Times Lifestyle section. The article (from where I took my title) brilliantly written by Sean O’Hagan provides a valuable commentary about this icon on the eve of the blockbuster exhibition called “David Bowie is” due to open this week at the Victoria and Albert Museum. It was particularly meaningful for me because Bowie quintessentially defines my realisation as a teenager that I was undeniably an artist. I used him and the darkly alien album ALADDIN SANE (1973) as my reference point for navigating the road map that made me as an artist different from the rest of the population. What resonated most for me was the fact that I saw how uncomfortable it was for him to be in this world, how strange and dark his universe was in the 70’s and 80’s. It was comforting for me to know that although I was a middle class teenager living in an Apartheid state on the tip of Africa, my soul was reaching for the extraordinary realm of art and it’s incumbent confusion and misery. It was ok to feel that way because its what joined me inexorably to the David Bowie and his creatures Starman and Ziggy. It became a way for me to make sense of my world. I resolved myself to being weird and it has served me well. In addition to being an artist I am also a businesswoman and a mother. I honoured my  artistic essence by naming my business Maverick Warehouse and my son David.

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2 Responses to “STARMAN-ALIEN, DECADENT, LIBERATING”

  1. Martin March 17, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

    Really moving, beautifully written

  2. J March 17, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

    Nicely put Kath …

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