Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Doing Amanda Palmer Down Under

The secret's out: I've been invited by Amanda Palmer to illustrate each of the songs on her soon-to-be-released album, Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under. She will reproduce them as a series of signed, small prints that she will offer for sale from her web site and they will be featured as projections at the album's launch and during an unusual Australia Day event, on 26th January, 2011, to be 'curated' by Amanda at the Sydney Opera House.
Known for her years of punk cabaret with The Dresden Dolls, Amanda calls the album a "sonic gift to her antipodean family". A collection of piano and ukulele songs written in, inspired by and recorded in Australia and New Zealand, the twelve tracks include songs such as Map of Tasmania (her first collaboration with a dance DJ, Hal Ritson of The Young Punx), a sorrowful lounge tune about her hatred of Australia's favorite breakfast spread, titled (you guessed it) Vegemite, and duets with Aussie locals The Jane Austen Argument and Mikelangelo.
The collaboration with Amanda is unusual for me, despite her description of us both as "fellow DIY indie-punk provocateurs". It's the first time I've considered illustrating anything, let alone an album of songs – and it will take only one listening of Map Of Tasmania to understand the fine line I've had to tread between art and excess to come up with my visual interpretations.
Amanda has given me permission to reproduce here one of my earliest sketches for Map Of Tasmania. The idea was originally discarded out of concern for her fiancé, the best-selling author, Neil Gaiman, whose hair inspired the impressionistic map of Australia hovering atop Amanda's own 'map of Tasmania'. Thankfully, Neil has encouraged us both to publish and be damned.


José Luis Moreno-Ruiz said...

Hazel Dooney & Amanda Palmer!
That's Wonderful!

Camille said...

Very cool! Congrats!

frederic said...

Do not feel uptight but you seems rather prude in Australia, I mean that image is rather gentle,soft,not offensiv a slightless. I do hope the collection will go well with the public. fP,x

Hazel Dooney said...

Fredric, I'll give you a break because I understand that English is your second language but if you'd read the post carefully, you'd have understod that the original consideration about publishing the image stemmed from Amanda Palmer, who is American, not Australian. Neil Gaiman, who encouraged its publication, is English – as I am.

Lisa B said...

Hurray for being "damned" LOL. Looking forward to the results of such an extraordinary collaboration.


Nicola Moir said...

The text on the skin is interesting. Is it the lyrics of the song?

Tom said...

I love Amanda Palmer!
What a great collab.

Her recent interview on Studio 360 podcast... worth hunting down.

Look forward to see what comes out, Ms Dooney.

Elizabeth said...

Wow! I do love this piece of art. It is sensual and intriguing-- just so AFP. I look forward to seeing the rest of the art inspired by the album.