“Sometimes a piece of art looks exactly like your song sounds,” says Chris Martin, lead singer of Coldplay and one of the most famously “consciously uncoupled” individuals on the planet. “On [the artwork for] Ghost Stories, Mila somehow managed this time and time again. Her etchings showed exactly what we were trying to say.”
On what is widely interpreted as Martin’s “break-up” record, released in the aftermath of his separation from Gwyneth Paltrow, the band’s mournful and frequently lamenting lyrics say much about love, loss and hope for romantic redemption. This is all poignantly reflected in Mila Furstova’s delicate etchings for the album’s artwork, limited editions of which are to be displayed in Shoreditch at Album Artists from December 4 to 7 – and are now available to buy via the gallery’s website. All proceeds go to Kids Company, a charity founded to support vulnerable children in urban areas.
Fans will be keen to read the runes of Furstova’s detail-rich, otherworldly visions; soaring doves and swimming sea lions are constellations in an inky night sky – compositions of scattered playing cards, sand timers, a desolate stage set and lovers holding hands. Angel wings are a window onto a disappearing staircase and an abandoned ladder. Etchings for the singles Ghost Stories, Magic, A Sky Full of Stars, Midnight and Midnight Forest are each available in editions of 25 (£2,000-£5,000), signed by both the artist and band, or as digital prints (£400).
Speaking of the band’s continued support for her charity, which received £630,000 as a result of the last sale of Mylo Xyloto album artwork, Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh says, “Coldplay are an extraordinary group of people whose compassion and philanthropy have transformed the lives of thousands of children. Not only do they do music, but they also do hope!”