Smart and talented people I know were up in arms this week about pop singer Miley Cyrus’ foray into contemporary art. With an article in a magazine no one had ever heard of, Ms. Cyrus managed to push our buttons yet again.
I like MC. I like her fearlessness. I like that she creates controversy and conversation. I like her work with homeless youth. I like her honesty. She’s polarizing because she mirrors our junk-filled-celebrity-obsessed society. When we look in that mirror we seldom like what we see.
Miley Cyrus makes sculpture now and we might as well get used to it. Perhaps it makes us uncomfortable because the work itself bears a closer –than-comfortable resemblance to bona fide contemporary art.
Is MC’s work shallow and derivative? Yes, but she is a beginner. We were all there once. When she says “I had a bunch of fucking junk and shit, and so instead of letting it be junk and shit, I turned it into something that made me happy.” Well, I think we can all relate to that.