We had the good fortune of connecting with Annabel Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Annabel Lee, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
Some things I’m inspired by-
Relationships- particularly my relationship with myself
Art that forces you to deal
The smell of diesel fuel
The human body
People who contribute to culture by just being themselves
Dissecting mental illness
Looking at Addiction
Simple combinations that always work
Old Perspectives / growing pains
Sex and everything surrounding how we get there and what it is
Fresh pages in a new journal
New York City
People vs. the state
Being a human and also an artist and how they feel separate
Spaces that feel lived in or charged up
Local artists that I’m surrounded by
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is personal, which is, I guess the defining factor in it being unlike other artist’s work. I try to keep everything cohesive, whether it be visual, sonic, or written. I think letting go of rules and avoiding trends has been important for my process but it has also made things quite difficult. I also struggle with depression which regularly makes being productive and creative harder, but sometimes it can go the other way. I’ve learned over time that the rising tide floats all of the boats, and my success has nothing to do with others- which sounds obvious and trite but honestly, it’s been hard for me to really learn and know that. My brand is simple. It’s about being about making love to the fight, beating on your chest and recognizing yourself, being open to our own shadows, welcoming them in, pouring them a stiff drink and accepting them. I think overtime I’ve realized I write a lot about love, whether it’s for my spirit, for another person, or for the gift of being an artist. I just want people to know that I see them!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Okay, first off, we have to go to a diner. Probably the 101 Cafe. We’d sit there for way too long, drinking like 6 or 7 week coffees. Then we’d walk over to that little strip in Franklin Village where the Daily Planet is and see what they have goin’ on for books and weird stuff. Or maybe we’ll stop at the Bourgeoisie Pig for coffee and sit in the back room with the tree house in there. Walking around Hollywood is always weird and disenchanting- but walking around Silver Lake and Los Feliz could be fun. Shopping for records/vintage/ grabbing a fancy lunch at Figaro and maybe a nice cocktail. Then at night, we’ll hit School Night on Monday at Bardot or the Hotel Cafe, Tuesday at the Satellite, Wednesday we’ll drive up Mullholland at night. The Hi-hat or maybe Davey Waynes for dancing. There’s music and weird stuff everywhere. LA is so haunted.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my Bammy, ( grandmother nickname ) whom I lost in October. Not only did she come to all of my shows when I was living in Massachusetts, but she was a firecracker and the queen of telling it like it is. Miss her a lot and am grateful that she was always there to cheer me on.
Photos by Anastasia Karotkaya