Gone Too Soon: Sky Farrell

On April 29th, the first thing I did when I heard that we lost Sky Farrell, was go to her Twitter page to see if I could find a clue as to what caused her death. Should I admit to that? Probably not, but I'm sure most of the art, music, and fashion industry did the same, as we are all victims and permanent residences in the digital world. All I found was a tweet from her on February 23 that simply stated "Okay, I'm getting money now". Not what I was looking for, but made the tragedy even more tragic. A young, successful socialite and Wynwood collage artist, who was the daughter of 60's songwriter, Wes Farrell, someone that demanded attention when she walked into a room, and had no problem getting it. A wild child so talented, that other publications are calling her death a case of the "Kurt Cobain's", when someone is so talented that they are constantly suffering, due to over-sensitivity, but leave us with remarkable gifts. I read it and I understand it, but I do not like the subtle implication that drugs are the cause of her death, since we do not have one yet. 


Instead, lets celebrate the gifts she left us with:  After her father passed away at 56, Sky took control over the publishing for his music, including co-writing credits for The McCoys’ 1965 chart-topper Hang On Sloopy, Boys, a B-side the Beatles had Ringo Starr sing on the group’s 1963 debut album, and nearly 30 songs for the Partridge Family in the early ’70s such as the group’s TV sitcom theme, C’mon Get Happy. Some of her higher profile commissions included an installation for Spin magazine for its 25th anniversary and Interview magazine for its 40th. For the Spin soiree, at New York’s Terminal 5, Farrell crafted a 100-foot mural incorporating images from the magazine’s covers to hang in an entrance. Farrell also created large-scale murals and installations on the walls of the Fontainebleau Hotel’s former nightclub Arkadia when it opened in 2010. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Capponi made the first of many ongoing humanitarian visits to the island. For one of his fundraisers, Farrell created a piece using printed photographs Capponi had taken on his first trip to Haiti and, along with Romero Britto and other local artists, she donated the work.

We lost an Angel too soon. RIP Sky Farrell.