Sufjan Stevens

sufjanstevens_mojo Steven's "Carrie and Lowell" will be the lead album reviewed in the upcoming issue of Mojo Magazine. The album's themes of loss, longing, childhood and the search for "something to extoll" were easy for me to connect with, but I felt so much respect for the material, listening to it as I worked, that I hesitated about how to represent this artist. I ended up following a helpful suggestion made at the beginning of the project by the reviews editor, Jenny, that he could be shown as a sort of  Saint Francis character. As she said, "Sufjan does like a bit of avian imagery." And because Mark, my art director, had requested a background, I appropriated part of a sky from a painting by another quirky mystical type prone to avian imagery, Hieronymus Bosch.