Bridge 1: Greer Lankton Journal Entry
I listened to the Velvet Underground song titled “Candy Says” earlier and felt deeply affected by the lyrics and the meaning behind them. It is one of those things, music, that can have an entirely different meaning based on whether or not it is closely paid attention to and interpreted. I quickly realized that the song was about Candy Darling, a figure who I feel somewhat connected to just based on her fluidity and image in the public eye. The song, whose melody is quite soft and a bit somber, is accompanied by rather harsh lyrics that explore Candy’s view on life including her hate for her body and the symbol it represents to others. I was not yet 16 when she died, so the musings of what her life might be like when she’s older described in the song are painfully ironic. It made me think about myself through this lens, as I’ve certainly dealt with that specific hate for my body through my eating disorders and drug abuse, and resent the seemingly unbreakable bond between my own view of my body and what it means to everybody else. I began to think about an art piece that could encompass my feelings about “Candy Says” and Candy Darling herself.1
I think that the trauma I’d experienced from my own transition and my the reaction that my open gender fluidity provoked from the public makes relating to other people who’ve gone through the same thing quite poignant and a bit excruciating. I feel that my body is such a vibrant expression of who I am and is my most prominent artwork. I walk down the street and feel as if I am modeling, I’m showing my image and the creative presentation of who I am. Each of my pieces is also this kind of creative presentation, a sort of self portrait as they reflect what I see of myself in the people that they portray.
1. Inscho, Jeffrey. “Greer Lankton at the 1995 Whitney Biennial.” YouTube. October 07, 2009. Accessed February 03, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6PM3YAko2Y.
Cotter, Holland. “The Artist and the Work, Both Intricate and Fluid.” The New York Times. December 21, 2017. Accessed February 03, 2019. https://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/05/arts/design/greer-lankton-a-retrospective-at-participant-inc.html.
Duncan, Thomas, Anthony Huberman, and Helena Kontova. “Unalterable Strangeness.” Flash Art. July 27, 2016. Accessed February 03, 2019. https://www.flashartonline.com/article/unalterable-strangeness/.
MattressFactory. “Greer Lankton – “It’s All about ME, Not You”.” YouTube. October 06, 2009. Accessed February 03, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_73q7NwS7o.