In 2002, the world was introduced to Beyoncé’s younger sister Solange as another pop singer from the Knowles family — but it wasn’t until 2016’s A Seat at the Table that she felt truly seen as a fully realized artist.
“I’m not at all interested in entertainment,” Solange says in a new Surface magazine cover story. “I’m really interested in energy exchange between the viewer and the performer. One way to do that is to make an inclusive experience through style, through energy, through space.”
So that’s what she did with her breakthrough album, in turn blossoming into a true performance artist and using many mediums aside from her vocals to get her artistic point across.
In the profile, she recalled the many influences that led to A Seat at the Table, crediting her adopted hometown of New Orleans as having a great influence on her being able to live freely and see everyday life. “New Orleans is such a wonderful place to do this because in the literal sense the space that you have to build and create is limitless.”
Her creative energy also stemmed from her taste in art, which was cultivated at an early age by her mom, Tina Knowles-Lawson, who displayed black artists around the house and encouraged discussion about the themes behind the art.
“I’ve spent my entire life dedicating myself to this craft, and yes, I am qualified!” Solange tells Surface. “Now I have been able to use all of the experiences that I’ve had, the influences I’ve had, and the space and time that I’ve had to explore in a new realm. I feel like this past year was just the beginning and just the start of where I’m really looking to go with my work.”
Read the full Surface profile here.