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Earlier this summer, Complex released its June/July issue with FKA twigs gracing one of the covers. The avant-garde artist dissected the contents of her then-forthcoming Melissa EP during her series of interviews, and her rundown of the mesmerizing project was shared by the publication on Friday. Barnett’s explanations are often as interesting as the creations themselves. Excerpts are located below.

Watch twigs’ short film—comprised of four music videos—and read Complex’s break-down of each Melissa song right here.


On the beauty of pregnancy:

“Women can grow something inside themselves. Whenever I see a pregnant woman, I always think she’s so beautiful and so sexy. I would argue anyone into the ground who says a woman’s not beautiful or sexy when she’s pregnant. It’s a miracle. How can you say that anything else is better than that? So I just wanted to experience that prematurely.”

On the powerful connection between women and nature:

“A woman’s cycle is 28 days, which is the same cycle as the moon, and there’s a connection between the whole of the ocean, and every droplet of water is basically connected to the moon. That’s how powerful we are. So if our cycle is in touch with the moon, and the moon controls the tides, and we give birth, imagine how powerful that is.”

On changing perspectives:

“As a young adult, everybody looks back, even if they don’t get along with their parents, or they’re not in contact with their parents, or they even love their parents. There’s a time when you have this epiphany, like, ‘OK, I can see where this person was coming from. I can see what this person intended.'”

On “I’m Your Doll”:

“It’s going back and getting into the mindset that I was in when I was 18, when I didn’t have a clue about what I was talking about. I didn’t have a clue about relationships, I didn’t have a clue about my body, I didn’t have a clue about how I thought or what I wanted to say. I was just writing something sad, and lonely, and vacuous, and hopeless, and it’s a part of me that I can only enter into when I’m in a really sad place of not valuing myself.”