FKA Twigs, the UK singer and performance artist best known as Robert Pattinson’s fiancee, wades into the never ending argument over what constitutes “art.” In a new interview, she disses “most artists” from being detached from their work. “They’re vehicles, vessels,” she says.
Twigs, real name Tahliah Barnett, rocketed into pop culture consciousness because of the “Twilight” hunk. But her artistry and talent are undeniable.
She credits her singular style to laboring long and hard out of the spotlight as an indie artist. To say she is self-created would be an understatement. But isn’t that the genesis of true art, anyway?
“That’s rule one of being an underground artist: You do your own makeup, hair, and costumes,” she tells Allure magazine in an eyebrow-raising interview.
“Imagine if you were an artist that wasn’t being herself,” she explains.
“Imagine you’re an artist that didn’t know how to do your own makeup, didn’t know how to do your own hair, didn’t know how to put an outfit together, didn’t write your own music, didn’t direct your own videos, didn’t produce your own music. They’re not artists. They’re vehicles, vessels. The majority of them are like that. Imagine how hard that must be.”
It’s understandable where she’s coming from. So much music today is manufactured by big record companies. A handful of songwriters write most of the songs for major pop artists, leading to criticism that music has become homogenized and processed like cheese spread.
Twigs is anything but that. She directs her own videos, choreographs her own dance, writes her own music and designs her own costumes. She’s also not everyone’s cup of tea.
Her relationship with Pattinson has been a double-edged sword. While their bond seems to be strong, she’s taken a lot of heat on social media for the relationship, including nasty, racist barbs.
He criticism of today’s pop artists is likely to produce even more finger-wagging and online snark.
She’s obviously referring to some big names with large fan bases like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez and Arianna Grande among others.
The article notes that Twigs has built her career without “thirstiness or pandering to the mainstream.” And, she’s just as leery of the news media. “People always want to over-analyze things that are creative,” she says.
Over the past four years, she has released three EPs and a well received debut album, LP1. She’s also performed spectacular stage shows described as “witchy, twitchy visuals that are arresting and hypersexual without ever being so puerile or obvious as to qualify as NSFW.”
For better or worse, the magazine steered clear of her relationship with Pattinson, even though that’s probably the No. 1 topic of discussion among fans and foes.
But, perhaps, all for the better. Pattinson may have made her famous, but he doesn’t define her.
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