Sharon Van Etten finds peace in her messy album art
Thanks to the minimalist impulse that's fed Marie Kondo's come-up and so, so many Instagram accounts, our eyes have grown used to the clean, orderly images we see online. In that way, Remind Me Tomorrow's art is a visual salve. It's difficult to look away from the wreckage: the girl, freely denuded except for a tiara and necklace; the boy, diapered and Buddha-like, frozen in a meditative repose. It grabs you, and says that you don't have to wait until after you've decluttered your life by deciding whether every box and bauble sparks joy or what have you. You don’t have to wait until after the world settles around you. You can have that calm right now, randomly and without expectation, amid it all. [...]
The kids are teenagers now, and gave consent for Van Etten to use the image for the cover, though that hasn't stopped some from misinterpreting it. "I've had people on Instagram telling me that they've gotten their photo removed of my album cover," she said, laughing. "There’s certain radio stations that crop it or blur it or whatever on their Web site."
source: Article 'Sharon Van Etten Finds Peace in Her Messy Album Art' by Kenzie Bryant; www.vanityfair.com/style/2019/01/sharon-van-etten-remind-me-tomorrow-album-art; Vanity Fair; 18 January 2019