In the run up to our next collaborative event, More Than x Helicon x Inter:Mission: Painting By Numbers, we meet the artists getting involved.
Lynks Afrikka- Performance Artist.
All photography by Guy Woods.
What inspires you/ what are your hobbies?
So, I’ve grown up doing a lot of theatre and music and I’ve always really loved the idea of somehow combining them in a way that isn’t standard musical theatre. I think watching alternative musical cabaret acts like Frisky and Mannish or Betty Grumble made me realise all the awesome ways the two can go together. I’d started playing around with drag in the last couple of years and had always thought I was going to keep music and drag separate then one day was kind of like - why the fuck not? I noticed that for some reason all the music produced by these incredible queer artists was very classic pop and, I guess for a lack of a better term, not very queer. Which there’s nothing wrong with obviously but I thought I’d like to try and merge alt-drag, alt-music and alt-theatre in one neat, slightly pretentious package.
What is your favourite artist/ genre of art?
A cliché, but it’s got to be Alexander McQueen. My entire aesthetic is basically the Poundland version of his Autumn/Winter 2009 collection. I feel like nobody’s done wearable art like him and it’s very likely no-one else will.
What do you aim to communicate to your audience through your art?
When I go to a show I want three things - to be shocked, to laugh and to be happy, so that’s what I want to do to the crowd. Anything else they get is a bonus.
Have you ever performed live art?
A ton of theatre and music, but Ms. Afrikka is the closest I’ve got to live art. She’s still a baby, but she’s a loud one.
What are you hoping to do after uni?
I think trying to plan to far ahead is kind of a recipe for disappointment. I’ve got a list of about 20 things I’d love to do - if any of them happen I’m sure I’ll be very very happy.
What do you study?
Psychology/Lovemaking combined honours.