Performance and aesthetics are important because sometimes even words can be misinterpreted. How people listen to you is … from their own viewpoint, and not everyone is going through the same experiences. There are other ways you can back up your communication – sometimes even removing the words and just using visuals. I find words can be such a trap sometimes. With language, people get so caught up in the experiences one can have with certain terminology that they don’t see the depth that can be reached with certain words. You’re just seeing the surface level. I think pictures and performance help provide the emotions behind that.– SHYGIRL, interviewed by Khalif Jones for 032c Issue #39
SHYGIRL CREATED FOUR ALTER EGOS FOR THE RELEASE OF HER LATEST EP, ALIAS – BADDIE, BOVINE, BAE, AND BONK – EACH COMPLETE WITH INDIVIDUAL BIOGRAPHIES, STAR SIGNS, AND CGI AVATARS. THESE CHARACTERS ANIMATE HER ARTISTIC AND EROTIC PERSONAE, BUT THEY ARE ALSO TOOLS WITH WHICH THE SOUTH LONDON NATIVE MAPS AND OVERTURNS THE STEREOTYPES AUDIENCES PROJECT ONTO THE ARTISTS THEY OBSERVE.
SHYGIRL ONCE PERFORMED LIVE WEARING A DRESS PRINTED WITH HER MOST-LIKED SELFIES ON INSTAGRAM – AND HER PRACTICE IS AN EXPLORATION OF THE IMAGES, CONSCIOUS AND UNCONSCIOUS, THAT MAKE UP THE SELF. FELLOW MUSICIAN AND FRIEND KHALIF JONES SPOKE TO SHYGIRL AT THE VERY SITE OF IMAGE PRODUCTION: ON LOCATION DURING HER COVER SHOOT WITH PHOTOGRAPHER ERIC JOHNSON, WHERE SHE INTERROGATES AND RECLAIMS THE GAZE, WITH ALL ITS ARCHETYPAL BAGGAGE.
Read Khalif Jones’ profile “Metagaze: Shygirl Stares Back” and see the full shoot with photographer ERIC JOHNSON in 032c Issue #39 (Summer 2021), available HERE.