“Nothing can be truly replicated, not a love, not a jewel, not a single line.” ~ Patti Smith, M Train
Harper’s Bazaar asked Chloe Sevigny some questions about her creative inspirations and I’ve decided to post my own answers to some of their questions, plus a few more…
First album bought: Must have been The Eagles. My brother and I were both listening to them a lot – their harmony is amazing.
Most re-read book: There are two: The Garden of Eden (Hemingway) & The Lover (Duras). (Pic: from film based on Dura’s “The Lover.”)
Fav. Film: Sofia Coppola’s, “Lost in Translation”. I just “get” this one completely – what it’s trying to say and the wit.
Fav. Film Quote: “We let it happen – that’s how we choose.” From: Violets are Blue, written by: Naomi Gyllenhaal.
Guilty Pleasure: Going to see a film on a weekday afternoon. It just feels decadent.
Fav. object: A sapphire ring from my mother.
Fav. time of day: Midnight. The world gets quiet, no ringing phones, music sounds better and I can think, write, and read with better clarity and inspiration.
Dream lunch date: Without question, Henry Miller. He was a great conversationalist and I would love to sit around the table all afternoon and into the night talking to him about, well everything really. (Pic: Henry Miller & Hoki-San Tokuta Miller)
Signature dish: Not sure why they asked this but it’s spaghetti. Whether homemade sauce or store bought and doctored – I rock it.
Fav. TV show: Mad Men was a real stand out – original and never boring. Matthew Weiner is a very talented writer – talk about creative.
Fav. Band: Aerosmith. They’ve always just done it for me and there is no one I’d rather hear play guitar than “Joe Fucking Perry”.
Fashion Inspiration: Think Bohemian. This is not something I give a lot of thought to – I make it my own, but I am inspired by: Jane Birkin – love the boho lace crop tops, jeans and sixties style dresses…
Alison Mosshart – she has great style.
…and Joe Perry – the hats, scarves, cool jackets, shades, ripped jeans…love it. All three have inspired me in some way. (photo: Zack Whitford)
Dogs or Cats: Again, not sure why they asked this but…dogs – cats are creepy.
Fav. room: Bedroom, where I keep my favorite books, music & photographs nearby.
Bedside table: A few photographs, an odd little ceramic entwined newts I bought when I was in high school, an old pink salt used as a ring holder, Berts Bees Baby Bee Solid perfume and books including Henry Miller’s My Life, Paul Auster books and currently Alexa Chung’s “It”. (Pic from HM’s My Life & Times.)
Favorite artist: Thomas Wilmer Dewing (pic: The Spinet)
Fav. Sculptor: Camille Claudel. (Pic: The Age of Maturity)
Fav. Photographer: Henri Cartier-Bresson but I’m most inspired by anyone’s old photographs of families or old buildings.
Well, there you have it, some of my enduring creative inspirations.
“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” ~ Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~Anais Nin
Lisa Chapman ©2015
Although I’m rarely influenced by another’s choice of reading material – I will cop to occasionally sneaking over to The Author’s Bookshelf on The Strand’s website. I think it’s more curiosity than anything, imagining myself ducking in to have a look at their private home libraries. And if you’re more curious about your favorite filmmaker’s picks, check out Criterion’s filmmaker’s Top 10’s.
Tonight a friend passed along this wonderful rare 1961 BBC Interview with Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes. Sylvia is one of my favorite writers, for her journals, short stories and of course her amazing poetry. She wrote with a raw honesty that could at times shake you to the core. With Ariel she had obviously reached new heights in her artistic talent and it’s sad we’ll never know what more she could have brought forth if her life’s circumstances hadn’t become too much to bear.
The interview is a true gift, a suspension in time and an amazing look into the life of an artistic partnership in love & art.