Something happened on the day he died
Spirit rose a metre and stepped aside
Somebody else took his place, and bravely cried:
(I'm a blackstar, I'm a starstar, I'm a blackstar)
- lyrics from Blackstar, David Bowie
The day that David Bowie died I felt the need to put on my headphones to listen to his newly released Black Star album (considered by many to be his requiem and parting gift to the world), and go out to explore and experience art in my neighborhood. It was a day of calm introspection, a gray blank canvas of sort of day, and as his songs etched into my psyche, I had an unshakeable longing to pay tribute to this iconic artist whose influence is far-reaching and imbedded deeply across many generations and cultures worldwide. His discography is a testament to his passion for embracing the here and now, pulling and pushing at boundaries to bring something new and exciting into being, right up to the end of his life. A legacy of innovation and collaboration, he reminds us “Though nothing, nothing will keep us together / We can beat them, for ever and ever / Oh we can be Heroes, just for one day…We can be us, just for one day (from title track, Heroes).
Read more about the making of Lazarus.
Chest armor and eye mask © emiko oye 2016
Tribute to the life of David Bowie (1947-2016)
Armour: repurposed LEGO®, cotton base, cotton/polyester binding, Argentium silver, sterling silver, steel snaps. 17" L x 20" W x .75" D
Eye mask: repurposed LEGO®, fine and sterling silver. 12.5" L x 2 5/16" W x 1" D
Photo © Marc Olivier Le Blanc 2016
Makeup & Hair: Shana Astrachan of Fox & Doll
Styling & Model: Joui Turandot