In an interview with V Magazine’s Kevin McGarry, Cyrus said her art was a metaphor for her life, which has not been so great as of late. “I hated 2014 because everything that could go wrong kept going wrong. Being in the hospital, my dog dying … So then I started taking all of those sh– things and making them good, and being like, I’m using it.”
V suggested Cyrus was “taking a bunch of consumer detritus and making symbolic, ceremonial objects out of it.” Cyrus preferred to describe her work like this: “I had a bunch of f—ing junk and sh–, and so instead of letting it be junk and sh–, I turned it into something that made me happy.”
Cyrus said her goal in life is “to not die a pop pop dumb dumb.” In addition to making art, Cyrus has also said she reads books in hopes of avoiding such a fate.
In pursuit of her goal, she has found a cure for boredom. “I just sit around and smoke weed anyway, so I might as well sit around, smoke weed, and do something,” she told V. “And this is me doing something.”
Cyrus, who is not a formally trained artist, said she found inspiration while on tour to promote her fourth album, “Bangerz,” which came out last year. Some of the objects she collected in airports. Others, like the vibrator, were given to her by fans.
She also gets inspired by what she sees around her. “During that Fourth of July party, I saw this party hat and I thought it might be fun to glue some sh– onto it,” she said.
A minimalist she isn’t. When it comes to her artistic aesthetic, more is more, Cyrus said. But more is not necessarily meaningful.
“I’ve gotten more and more about piling things on, but I try to put thought into everything. Even though it’s so stupid,” she told V. Of her work, she said, “I feel there’s something fairly sexual here,” noting that it is also childish. She credits Todd James, who designed the twerking bears for her infamous Video Music Awards performance, with turning her into an “adult baby.”
Money can’t buy you happiness, Cyrus said. But it can buy you a bunch of stuff to glue to other stuff that will make you happy, she said in more colorful — but not publishable — terms.
Cyrus’s vision speaks to Scott. “We’re on the same wavelength — it’s like a psychedelic jungle,” he told V. “All of these stream-of-consciousness, colorful, playful, whimsical things mixed up together. I love that there’s a DIY feel to the sculptures, which is a part of the look of the show. I want it to be less about a model army and more about a group of cool, individualized people hanging out together.”
You can check out Cyrus’s work on her Instagram feed, where she periodically posts photos of it between pet pics and selfies featuring copious amounts of side boob.
You can also see Cyrus’s work on display at V. Magazine’s office starting Sept. 11.