From the artist:
“Prior to the completion of this piece, I had become attached to a particular image in a magazine of a woman who held her own face in her hands. The idea of what goes on beneath the skin stuck with me. I started to play with the juxtaposition of citrus fruits and these ‘faceless’ faces. In the description of an orchestral piece with marimba, composed by Kuspa, the composer asks, ‘Have you ever made a battery out of a lemon?’ The idea of common objects and concepts having lesser-known uses paired nicely with the aforementioned theme of ‘what’s beneath the surface.’ The skull imagery recognized the darker parts of the song, while the lemon eyes reflected its playful energy.”
—Becca Plank ’15, a psychology major from Knoxville, Tenn.
From the composer:
“Many of my pieces have been inspired by visual arts, so it was a treat to see the response of a visual artist to my music. When I saw Becca’s work, I was reminded of Andy Warhol’s technicolor silk-screen prints, so often presented in quadruplicate. However, I was surprised by the imagery of skulls, as I never thought of my piece as sinister in any way. After some thought, I realized that the tone of the marimba can sound dry or brittle, and it isn’t hard to imagine skeletons dancing to the music.”
—Jordan Kuspa, a doctoral student in music arts at Yale and a faculty member at Richland College in Dallas, Texas