For their music video for 'Honesty', Tune-Yards collaborated with Creative Growth, an organization dedicated to providing a professional studio environment for artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Written and directed by Susan Janow, the animated, mixed-media video stars Merrill as a '60s housewife finding freedom through an absurd journey from grocery store to tropical giant-food paradise. Susan Janow and other Creative Growth artists created everything from the dizzying backdrops to the costumes. Janow's work has been shown in prominent collections and museums worldwide. Creative Growth is based in the vibrant creative hotbed of Oakland, CA, just blocks away from Tune-Yards’ studio.
Merrill Garbus says "Susan’s concept for the video played artfully against the lyrics of the song — I loved her idea of a bored, sheltered housewife having an ecstatic psychedelic experience involving weird jello food and lots of pizza. The topics of this album are heavy and light at the same time, and I’m so glad to have a video that brings out its joyful, dada side."
Tune-Yards - Honesty (Official Video)
A special thank you to Merrill Garbus for creating this behind the scenes video in our Video Production lab with Susan Janow and Instructor/ Producer, Helena Gonzalez!