Illustrated Tapes 054: Medusa

Curated by Cecilia Reeve
18.02.20

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Sequenced playlist, made to be played in order.

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Cecilia is an artist and animator based in London.

Hey Cecilia. Can you tell us a little bit about your tape and your song selections?

I don't really tend to talk about music I listen to as for me it's quite a private thing so making a public mixtape was a bit scary but also exciting!

I am drawn to quite experimental music that is often emotionally charged. This could vary from being very soft and ambient to something much darker and intense. In my tape I wanted to showcase female and non binary artists, artists that inspire me and impact my practise daily.

What direction did you take with your cover art, and what was your process?

I started by first putting the songs together slowly and carefully. I listened to it over and over as mental images began to form in my mind. I knew I wanted to create something that was a bit weird and magical to reflect the mood of the tape. I also wanted to play around with a stricter and punchier colour scheme that you see a bit more in album art.

What are your fave album covers, records with a great music and artwork combo, or musical projects with a visual component?

At the moment I really like the artwork by the record label ‘12th Isle’ which has some amazing music on it. I love how the label has such a cohesive look and the incredible illustrations are just really detailed and weird. They are not anything I would ever know how to begin to imagine and that makes me like them even more!

Cru Servers - Blobber Totem
2017, 12th Isle
Artwork: Al White

On a very different note I also love this album art from Infinite Bisous’s w/ love, it is so simple and beautifully effective.

Infinite Bisous - w/ love
2018, Tasty Morsels


What did you listen to growing up?

When I was little I did a lot of dancing around the kitchen with my mum to the Scissor Sisters, I also had a CD of celtic music from a holiday in Wales that I listened to non-stop.

My mum actually had a huge impact on the music I listen to, when I was 11 she took me to my first gig to see The Magnetic Fields who I had never heard of before and they, along with The White Stripes, became my favourite bands for most of my preteens.

In my teens I used to use tumblr a lot which introduced me to more experimental music and I got quite obsessed with Witchhouse music which has impacted my music taste a lot.

And what’s on heavy rotation for you at the moment?

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of The Cleaners From Venus and Arthur Russell, I don’t usually listen to this kind of music but at the moment I’m really enjoying it. I also listened to a really great podcast about Aruthur Russell on BBC Sounds and which talked a lot about his obsessive music making process which made me view his work in a whole new way.

What’s happening in your creative world at the moment?

I have recently spent the last part of the year making an animation which I am yet to share with the world so watch this space!

I am also beginning to sell my original artwork on Partnership Editions which is very exciting!

Where can we find you?

︎ ceciliareeve.co.uk
︎ @ceciliareeve

Thanks Cecilia

Mark