As part of UTA’s cross-disciplinary approach and unique ability to draw talent across the different industries, BANKS, the American singer, songwriter, producer, poet, director and artist, is presenting several drawings and poetry from her book Generations of Women from the Moon (2019) in an exhibition alongside artist Chloe Chiasson. BANKS initially began drawing to stay present and cope with depression during quarantine. Inspired by Surrealism, the works on paper create metaphoric worlds to help viewers connect with their authentic selves. This project has evolved into her SERPENTINA album the exhibition at UTA Artist Space.
BANKS is an American singer, songwriter, producer, poet, director and artist. Her highly anticipated fourth album, SERPENTINA, was released earlier this year. This album saw the musician enter previously uncharted territory in every sense – from sound to lyrics to visuals and everything in between. During this journey, BANKS also rediscovered her love and passion for drawing and painting. Though she initially began drawing during quarantine, this project has evolved into various spaces. Part of BANKS’ inspiration came from her fascination with Surrealism and Carl Jung, particularly his studies on how dreams connect our subconscious and conscious to show our inner truths. Using her preferred medium of pen and paper, which allow her to create from anywhere – on a tour bus, on a plane, in a hotel room – BANKS’ pieces have become a form of diary entries for her. Initially inspired by the eyes and veins she drew in school growing up, each piece hides secret messages and lyrics within the spidery lines.