In the last 2 days I was told of the death of Jennifer Anderson (Miro) of The Nuns, from cancer at the end of December 2011 at the age of 54. I'm devastated, as with great gusto and positivity about her inclusion in my new series of paintings she collaborated to help me with my last painting What is this thing called Love? . She never told me about the cancer. A private person who supported other artists.
Jennifer enjoyed my art and we just connected and I thought, I need her spirit in my paintings. Jennifer loved the concepts I described and generously shared intimate and creative images from her personal collection for the series by email. I hope they have helped me to bring her humour and unconventional approach to life into these paintings. But I am sad that at the end, we won't have that coffee over the painting that I had longed for on my journey to the US next year. It is sad when you're not often understood, when your work is different to the mainstream. I think she really got that about my art and responded. I miss that understanding. That she got it.
Miro remains a figure of creativity, a spirit that defied conventional ideas of love and delivered unusual renditions of original songs that live outside time, and so the painting What is this thing called Love? asks - perhaps we need to remember the qualities that make people special, rather than just mass-create them? A beautiful lady and a great talent. But she didn't repeat the illusions. She painted the truth in darker tones for, perhaps a smaller audience, but nonetheless, it reached out to me growing up (and still does) and many others. Nothing mass-produced about Jennifer. So many people who grew up with early punk music love this about her. Unlike a lot of the generation that did what labels told them, she kept a very original and independent creative musical path. Her later fetish expressions always had humour, and nothing about her was what you would expect. Something to aim for, as a person and as an artist.
Thank you Jennifer. I hope you love these paintings wherever you are, and that you are surrounded by goodness - or at least good stockbrokers. C
- SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle) Obituary
- SFWeekly Blogs Obituary
- The Nuns' Jennifer Miro: An Appreciation By Jack Boulware January 9, 2012 (SFWeekly)