"Using Middle America as her muse, Kowch draws the history of a particular place -- invariably rural -- to the surface as it collides with a new reality in layers of metaphor and moodiness. The faces of her women may remind you of characters in a Tim Burton film."
--Steve Parks, Newsday

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Shawn Colvin's Album Covers

Shawn Colvin is, and always will be, one of my favorite music artists. Not only do I love the emotional depth and earthy mood of her tunes, but the fact that her album covers always feature incredible artwork makes me an even bigger fan. The amazing work of Julie Speed graced the cover of her hit album A Few Small Repairs, and was the inspiration behind the famous "Sunny Came Home" song. Colvin, herself, has said that the art serves as a starting point for her sometimes, and I love how she incorporates the artwork as a theme in her promo photos and music videos. Her latest album These Four Walls, features an artist that I never knew about until I looked her up today. . .WHOA!!! The artist's name is Maggie Taylor, and her work is some of the coolest digital collage work I have EVER seen. She uses historical photos and found objects, scans them and then, in Photoshop, creates these illusionary wonders. According to her website, she's going to be having a new book out soon. Really inspiring stuff:

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