VAL DENHAM


Your favorite virtue ::
Bravery

Your favorite qualities in a man ::
Chivalry, intelligence, strength, positivity, humour, empathy and honesty/loyalty.

Your favorite qualities in a woman ::
Intelligence, femininity, positivity, humour, empathy and honesty/loyalty.

Your idea of happiness ::
Being with my wife Gail.

Your idea of misery ::
Having to be sensible / logical for other people. Having to pretend to be a "normal"person.
Having to work at a job that you hate for 5 days a week.

If not yourself, Who you would like to be ::
Louise Brooks, Wonder Woman, Charlie Chaplin, David Bowie.

Where would you like to live ::
Here, in my house in Yorkshire. Right here, right now.

Your favorite colour ::
Cobalt blue

Your favorite flower ::
Bluebells

Your favorite prose authors ::
William Shakespeare, William Burroughs, JT LeRoy, Jean Genet, John Lennon, Ivor Cuttler.

Your favorite poets ::
W.H. Auden, Silvia Plath, Homer Flynn, William Shakespeare, Simon Armitage, Christina Rossetti.

Your favorite heroes in fiction ::
Pere Ubu, Superman, The Joker, Dr.Who, Frankenstein's monster, Count Dracula, The Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Your favorite heroines in fiction ::
Jane Eyre, Wonderwoman, Alice in Wonderland, Agnes Dempster, Villanelle (Villeneuve), Dorothy Gale.

Your favorite painters ::
Pierre Molinier, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Claude Monet, Leonardo DaVinci, Howard Hodkins, Salvador Dali, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Grayson Perry, Joseph Beuys, Jake & Dinos Chapman, HR Giger, Karel Appel, Austin Osman Spare, Adolf Wolfli, Clovis Trouille, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Gustav Klimt, Hieronymus Bosch, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Henri Matisse, Max Ernst, Myself.

Your favorite composers ::
Claude Debussy, The Residents, Faust, David Bowie, Captain Beefheart, Frank Zappa, The Beatles, Joni Mitchel, John Tavener, Eric Satie, Vaughn Williams.

Your favorite heroes in real life ::
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Abraham Lincoln, Oscar Wilde, Albert Einstein, Leigh Bowery, Alan Turing, Jesus Christ, Anton Szandor LaVey, Quentin Crisp.

Your favorite heroines in real life ::
Greta Thunberg, Marie Curie, Boudicca, Mary Mother of Jesus, Rosa Parks, Genesis Breyer P.Orridge.

What character (s) in history do you most dislike ::
Adolf Hitler and all The Third Reich, Joseph Stalin, Robert Mugabe, Kim Jong Un. Moa Zedong.

Your favorite food and drink ::
American hot pepperoni pizza, chocolate, crispy duck pancakes, fish and chips, ham and cheese sandwiches, fish finger sandwiches, fresh fruit salad, nuts, porridge, Marmite, most fishes.

Your favorite names :: Wolf (it's my son's middle name), Zelta (my daughter's name), Stella,
Sebastian, Ariel, Vincent, Silverstar Amoeba.

Your pet peeve (something that easily annoys you) ::
Untidiness

The change you most anticipate ::
That there will come a time when transgender people will be more accepted by most people, as the gay community is now becoming more accepted in various sectors of society.

A gift of nature you would like to have ::
To be a fine pianist, what a wonderful thing to be able to do? My own playing is sadly "very challenging".

How I would like to die ::
Without pain, with my wife next to me, as I fade away into the light.

What is your present state of mind ::
Content and positive, as I generally am.

For what fault have you most toleration ::
I tolerate my wife's untidy working method and her procrastination. This involves having several lots of paperwork strewn about. I tolerate only her procrastination, no one else's.

Your favorite motto ::
I'm too old a cat to be shagged by kittens. (One of my Grandmother's sayings)

26 février 2020 - 12:23

Val Denham is an artist, poet, musician and transgender icon from Yorkshire, England.
Born in 1957, she has been creating her own universe since being a little boy.
She seems to have inspired a lot of people.
She has been labelled an “Outsider artist” in some quarters.
However, she describes herself as “A cleaning lady”

Val perfectly explains her modus operandi: “I employ a figurative and non-figurative semi surrealist
symbolism...my art is a kind of therapy...the internal map of my neuroses, severe Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder and Gender Dysphoria...analyse the surface of Tranart
(Val’s name for her own art and music) and you glimpse neurotic hieroglyphs trying to describe what
it is to be me.
Meanings are always masked in a kind of visual or musical code within my work. Even now I employ
obscuring patterns and imagery; though the reason to do so no longer exists...I no longer live a
double life suppressing my true nature, but the code still remains.”
Val has released many limited edition CDR albums, many with hand painted cover art that now
command very high prices to collectors. She has also released a box set of vinyl albums of her early
work for the German Vinyl-on-Demand label.
There are also 7 officially released albums on various labels. She is now releasing records on the
German Psychofon label who also release the work of her favourite band The Residents.

" For many years she has been collaborating with the Argentinian band Farmacia. She has performed live as the key member of The Death & Beauty Foundation. She has also performed under the guise of Silverstar Amoeba with her long standing guitarist Oli Novadnieks and with the Swiss group Black Sun Productions, as well as performing live in her own solo events." Vanessa Sinclair

She once did some record covers for Marc Almond, Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV and a few others.
But she is still basically a cleaning lady.

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