Nick Cave - Cave Things


I am essentially a songwriter. Yet, people who understand my stuff know that it doesn’t end there. There has always been a strong, even obsessive, visual component to the process—a compulsive rendering of the lyric as a thing to be seen, to be touched, to be examined. I have always done this—basically drawn my songs—for as long as I’ve been writing them. Cave Things is an attempt to bring these visual ideas to the world. Cave Things is situated beyond merchandise but stops before art. I have no interest in making art—rather Cave Things are the incidental residue of an over-stimulated mind.

Song writing is largely performed in a state of deep unease that needs its points of reprieve. This is the purpose of Cave Things—when the pressure of song writing gets too much, well, I draw a cute animal or a naked woman or a religious icon or a mythological creature or something. Or I take a Polaroid or make something out of clay. I do a collage, or write a child’s poem and date stamp and sticker it, or do some granny-art with a set of watercolour paints. Cave Things is a shop that sells playful, therapeutic, mysterious, subversive objects that sits in a place entirely of its own.

Nick Cave