Submission by Peter Caruso
On July 23rd, I was deeply moved when I heard Amy Winehouse had died. I felt as if one of my own family member had passed. I had been an admirer and fan of her brillant music and haunting voice since 2005 but I could not understand why I felt such deep sorrow. As I played her music over and over again I realized her original lyrics and music were her personal diary and we all had been reading it from cover to cover. Miss Winehouse’s whole life was documented in song, from her first album Frank to her Grammy Award winning album Back to Black.
So with my feeling of loss, I began painting feverishly, like the obsessive compulsive person I can be at times. Painting Amy and documenting her music, her diary, through my art… from her ecstasy to her agony, I painted Miss Winehouse and it helped me feel closer to her and expressed my deep admiration.
I opened the Miss Winehouse Tribute on September 2nd at BWEST STUDIO. It is a mix of acrylic on wood portraits which I then mount real objects on such as sunglasses and jewelry. There is also a customized mannequin of the “Super Star”. There will be a closing tribute show on Friday, October 7 at BWEST, 148 Elmwood Avenue from 6pm to 10pm.