Sonic Youth used Mike Kelley’s orange knit-animal on the cover of its 1992 Dirty Album. I am going to always remember his art for that reason and regrettably the fact that he committed suicide. This talented, loved, successful man walked into his bathroom, shut the door, duct taped the vents, lit charcoal, took peppermint liquid soap, Xanex and vodka then laid down and waited as he ended his life. He had a picture of his ex-girlfriend taped to the wall beside him for comfort. Why does it seem that so many awesome, wildly talented artist commit suicide? Some of the greatest artist in the world have died this way…..too, too many. I wish I could have saved them all…………….
If you would like to read more in-depth about Mike Kelley, I think the best article is from the Wall Street Journal Magazine and you can find that here:http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324678604578340322829104276.html