Let’s take a chance, and suggest that her paintings are what set her apart from others in her game……not just that she paints and others don’t….not just that she’s good, often very good, at it,…. Rather that her paintings show her reaction to her world in a separate, complimentary medium and confirm and expand her vision. They’re domestic and personal, very personal, as you’d expect, but beautifully complete,beautifully observed, and her brush is surprisingly skillful. I cite The snow painting on the back of the box of “Taming the Tiger”, the still life on the back of the booklet, with its conjugation of greens against a mughal terra cotta background and a comfy ( but real and unsentimental ) cat, and, best of all, the portrait opposite the lyrics for “Lead Balloon” and “ No Apologies”, with the glasses reflecting a magazine,and a bowl containing a key and a lightbulb.
Everything comes together,every disparate element is arranged and assembled with the same sense of weight , shape, and emphasis that her music displays…..and the overall effect is similarly stimulating.