India:

Terence Koh

KOHTerence Koh is a super big source of creative inspiration for me. I love everything about his aesthetic. His work is a decadent, hedonistic expression of queer youth, both an ethereal and kitsch look at identity and mortality. His creative practice is a wunderkammer, and Koh’s ability to stick his finger in every pie possible is an admirable feat. Koh creates work via sculpture, installation, video, performance, drawing, and even language through his trademark deliberately misspelt writing style. Pornographic and punk, his work spans from gorgeous spiritual aesthetics as seen in 2006’s Buddha Fly Earth Zhang Zyi to more puerile works such as the gold plated faeces he sold for $500,000 in 2007, and the use of his own semen as a medium. If that ain’t punk rock, I don’t know what is.

Laure Prouvost

LAURE Eggs falling out of lightbulbs, paintings of butts, and grandads digging tunnels to cross the Channel. Laure Prouvost creates a surreal universe through her art, a place where butter and e-cigarettes talk to each other, and text-based paintings command space by giving viewers instructions, commentary and sometimes outright lies. There is something endearing about her work. It’s not afraid to be a bit silly. It’s not afraid to be fun. Dreamlike and fascinating, Prouvost makes art that makes me smile and I think that’s a really important part of art that’s often ignored.

Vicky:

Robyn

Icelandic pop princess Robyn has supported me through many a break up. She seems to intuitively know what I need to hear, releasing extremely poignant and relevant music at the perfect moments. Ultimate party heartbreak anthem ‘Dancing On My Own’ dropped during a prolonged period of singledom, whilst I was mourning an ex who had happily moved on, and just felt so good to lose myself in - like all great art should, she made me feel that I was not alone in my experience. More recently her 2018 album ‘Honey’ catches up on her last eight years. ‘Missing U’ opens the album with her recognizable dignified processing of loneliness, moving through to the undoubtedly horny ‘Honey’, before the triumphant close of ‘Ever Again’, asserting her determination to not lose herself in heartbreak again (“never gonna let it happen, then it won’t be for all or nothing”). Love lessons learned.

Zimoun

ZinounDeftly combining industrial materials and primitive technology, Swiss artist Zimoun creates incredible installations and sound sculptures that speak to the chaos of modern-day life. Multiple DC-motors are often employed to bang against surfaces such as cardboard boxes and metal walls at varying speeds, and this use of chance as a medium to create rhythmic techno like sounds convene to create immersive experiences like no other. At once both minimalist and way too much, I imagine the effect to be overwhelming and grounding at the same time. I recently read that John Cage, another of my favourite artists, is a huge influence, and having already wondered about that connection felt very good about myself. Check out his website for some incredible documentation - more effective than any other I’ve seen at attempting to capture the essence of an installation. You’re in for a real treat.

Alice:

Susanne Sundfør

Susanne Sundfør is a Norwegian singer-songwriter who writes/produces songs that tap directly into any and every primal feeling of emotion you’ve ever had. She literally gets it like, she gets *it*; her 2015 album 10 Love Songs is some kind of unbelievable rave-pop-classical-masterpiece that I sobbed to just the other day. She’s a legend, an icon and unquestionably the best live singer I’ve ever seen. Her 2010 album ‘The Brothel’ is what first got me locked into the Sundfør Show, and it’s a wicked electronic album I think everyone should listen to - ‘It’s all gone tomorrow’ is a particular favourite of mine from that album. She’s amazing - her music is amazing and she’s a talented goddess sent straight from heaven to remind us all that pop music is wicked. Seriously, youtube ‘Fade Away’ from Ten Love Songs and thank me later.

Maurice Noble

NOble Maurice Noble is a name you might not have heard, but you definitely HAVE seen his art. He was a background artist and layout designer whose career spanned 6 decades. His work is defined by use of space, shape and colour to create landscapes and I just melt every time I see his g-dang work. O - M - G it’s so beautiful, I get chills when I think about it! His use of vibrant colour, shape and composition to create dynamic landscapes defined by space and movement is just… dare I say… legendary. It’s inspired and I love him. There’s a book called The Noble Approach: Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation Design and I want it.