I came across Etienne Clement’s work in a magazine and intended to contact him about doing a cover for my last album. It took another four years to hook up with him. He’s a London- based French artist, makes and paints little figures and puts them in often unsettling environments. We both separately came up with the idea of doing a pastiche of the Friedrich painting, Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog, for the front cover image of my record, No Compass Will Find Home. What, with me temporarily living in the Alps, wandering around Europe like a Flaneur, and tryin a write new songs.
Bertrand Lavier is a contemporary French artist with an eye for seeing beauty in the mundane. I saw his retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris a few weeks ago and I really liked its simplicity and boldness. My favorite objects were old white freezers with boulders and furniture on top of them. How cute and awkward. If you are in Paris you should definitely go see it. It runs until January 2013.