Sylvie Spencer

What do you do?
A multi-media installation artist and performance artist, my life is enveloped in my interest in farce, fallacy, humour, critique, and subgenres of almost any realm:specifying cultural narratives, characters and environments. Since the soundtrack to my daily life is of the utmost importance, I have evolved into a cutthroat yet painfully multiplicitous music supervisor of the ever present sonic mediations of my environment.

Top 5 songs?
Top song would definitely have to be my best friend and favorite person on the planet Astrid Quay and another wonderfully talented friend, Evan Conway’s project A&E. Their latest endeavor is a synthed out cover of Grateful Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain.” Other favorites include the striking sounds of Matt Fishbeck’s band Holy Shit, “My Whole Life Story” which he did with Ariel Pink. The last three everpresent songs would have to be maybe something by an incredibly sexy band hailing from Portland, Or-ETERNAL TAPESTRY (pretty much any and all Jed Bindeman projects are worth buying a copy for your parents), or my new charming cohort the inimitable Kim Fowley or the perpetually playing and recording genius of the young blood of Cayal Unger or GwiGwi Mrwebi, or most (West) African music or stoner/doom metal.

Top 5 beauty products?
My top five beauty products are those which consider the impact on the environment and are copasetic with alternative plumbing systems such as the grey water system. This includes most aloe and oatmeal soaps, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap (which my old man wrote an incredible song about his balls tingling from the sharp peppermint-he writes folk songs about weed, entertaining the idea of bi-sexuality, and punk rock legends like our dear friend Don Bolles). Still, I always brush my teeth with Pepsodent in the shower, fondly recalling a statement by an ex-lover, the incomparable social instigator and surrealist Jimmy Chen, who praised the product and our ritual with it as a shared and parallel experience with Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin. As far as other products go, when I have the desire to feel sufficiently juvenile I walk to the closest major chain store and lift the brightest color lipstick I can find-and should any remorse creep in I make sure to give the next homeless person I see enough money for a beer.

Beauty tips passed down to you?
Beauty tip numero Uno passed down to me by my acrobat/single mother/college graduate/tap-dancing/lion tamer’s apprentice grandmother is a bit of smarts quoted from a Red Skelton Film: “Stomach in, Chest out, Chin Up, Shoulders back!” Which upon saying you must slap into place whoever you are delivering the lines to.

Your beauty role model?
My beauty role model is Jimi Hey.

One product you can’t live without?
A product I can’t live without is anything published by Semiotexte.

Comments (5)

    this woman is a bit much.

    Comment by Peyton — September 25, 2012 @ 9:50 PM

    Well that was…weird.


    Comment by Luisa C — September 27, 2012 @ 5:08 AM

    I think you may have had a reality transplant…

    Comment by BD — October 4, 2012 @ 2:29 PM

    [...] these photos of Sylvie Spencer from Backyard Bill– these overalls are just too [...]

    Pingback by sylvie spencer x backyard bill | one part gypsy blog | conscious living & bohemian style — October 5, 2012 @ 8:19 AM

    For me it so beautiful and I love that I have to read very carefully to understand it. Great style and an interesting mind as well!

    Comment by Martha — October 10, 2012 @ 2:04 AM

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