REDMILK INTERVIEWED KIM TERRELL, WHOSE INSPIRATIONAL INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT ARCHIVE SEX, STYLE AND UNDERGROUND SUBCULTURE MATERIAL
Tell us something about yourself, your work and your awesome Instagram account:
I’m originally for America (Charlotte, North Carolina) but I have resided in the UK for last decade. Considering the current political and social unrest, I’m sure I will never go back!
I work for MAC Cosmetics in Management, which can be challenging but I’ve been in that world since I was 25 (in the 90’s – I’ll let you do the math!).
I never intended on using Instagram. I was vehemently against it – believe it or not! But once I started posting images (over 9k now!), my mind slowly began to change. I’m quite a visual person, sometimes preferring to be reticent. These images are what speaks to me. I never thought it would evolve into anything more than just what I find aesthetically pleasing. I didn’t think anyone would be interested but it’s been nice to receive positive accolades. I did go through a phase of getting images reported, but I suppose some people view certain imagery with disdain or have nothing better to do!
How would you describe your personal style?
I purposely do not post many photos of myself on Instagram. I guess I’m not that needy for attention! But style-wise, I’m influenced by so many decades and genres, it would be rather hard to narrow it down. I wear 100% black to work but my favourite colour is yellow! Style icons for me would be Pamela Rooke aka Jordan (of SEX, Jubilee…), Peggy Moffitt, Siouxsie, and Pola Negri to name a scant few. I do have a predilection for the sixties era, but I can’t say I subscribe to one point of view on anything.
How would you define your account aesthetic?
I would say it’s for those with discerning taste and it runs the gamut from obscure film to fashion oddities to abstract music leanings. I’ve had many people give it labels such as, “Perverse sexual imagery” or “Fetishist” but I feel it’s quite broad. I hate limits so I would like to think it defies categorisation.
What are some of your favourite sources?
Books, films, music, my own thoughts! My boyfriend has such a huge archive of culture that I am quite spoiled. I rarely look at magazines these days unless they are from a past era.
Do you think that social networks brought us back to a “retro revival”?
I would have to argue that point, due to the fact that when I was growing up there wasn’t access to the internet… there wasn’t that capability. I went to gigs, traded tapes through the post, visited cities in the UK and Europe… I found more exploring real life than social networks.
Who are your favourite fashion figures?
As above with Siouxsie, Jordan, and Peggy Moffitt – sorry for repeating myself but they are the “be all end all”! Also, Dorothy Max Prior, Penelope Tree, Susie Bick, Nico, Rose and Jill from Strawberry Switchblade. I’m not a fan of modern beauty ideals which are blatantly obvious!
Tell us something more about your culture:
I will start by saying there is not one particular thing that is my absolute favourite. I have a keen interest in too many things!
– favorite artwork: Any collages by Linder Sterling, especially her self portraits during the era of Ludus. I love the juxtaposition of soft flowers, nudity, machinery, cutlery and household objects.
– favorite book: Les Chants de Maldoror
– favorite record cover: “Whipped Cream and other Delights” by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
– favorite film poster: Fando y Lis
– favorite tv show: I don’t watch telly!
What’s the image (a painting, a photo, a movie frame, etc…) that had the biggest impact on yourself and your work?
That’s a loaded question! I’m going to answer this by saying one thing: watch any film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and you will get the answer!
If you could have an imaginary conversation with three artists, icons or celebrities, dead or alive, who would you wish to talk to and about what?
Fassbinder, Gene Vincent, Cosey Fanni Tutti, and Pier Paolo Pasolini. Art, film, sex, death, and music, to be quite blunt!
Do you have a personal motto or a slogan?
“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it”.