Lorde revealed the album art for her sophomore album Melodrama today, a painting by New Yorkbased artistSam McKinniss.The image depicts our Lorde and savior tucked into bed,locking the viewer in with her signatureintense-as-hell gaze.
McKinniss has described intensity as a core element of his artistic practice, illuminating a parallel between the two artists penetrating styles.I think thats always been my style really, just looking at pictures intensely, he told Gayletter in 2013. Being intense. And see if you can respond in some way to the world that you live in visually with light and color.
Its understandable why an artist obsessed with intensity, light and color is the perfect choice to visualize the album whose first single is called Green Light, and was described by Lorde on Twitter as the story of the last 2 wild, fluorescent years of my life.
Along with intensity, McKinniss paintings, which often feature pop culture icons as their subjects, feed off drama. Talking to ArtNews, he describedhuman perversity, elegance and drama as the key motivations behind his work.
In his loving yet slightly depraved depictions of cult celebrities from Lana del Rey to Winona Ryder, McKinniss fixation with spectacle is on full view. His painted subjects are drenched in shadow and electric light, elevating them from humans to icons, celebrities to artworks. Sounds just about right for an album called Melodrama.
From the little weve seen and heard regarding Lordes upcoming album, McKinniss blend of neon light and dark underbelly makes for a stunning visualization of Lordes matured sound. More, please, soon.