Jonny and I wrote “Night Song” on a cassette four-track in our cabin last summer. He came up with a sampled beat and an ornate guitar riff, and I kept the lyrics and melody very stoic and mysterious. The repetitious beat always suggested a slideshow to me; that’s where the vision for the projected drawings came from.
I usually make extremely detailed and refined drawings, so making these sort of stupid, crude images was such a release for me. Artists I love the most know when to use dumpiness and simplicity to their advantage — I’m namely thinking of Philip Guston and Louise Bourgeois. The narrative started to take a weird, dark turn toward consumption and feeling generally overwhelmed with all the things we are supposed to be, have, do, look like, feel like… and I just went with it.