Aidin Vaziri | Much to our disappointment, Grace Slick won’t appear at the Emerald Cup in Sonoma County. But she is sending her artwork to the annual cannabis festival, which features music from Rebelution, Big Brother and the Holding Co. and her old band mates in Jefferson Starship. The powerhouse singer, whose voice gave flight to Jefferson Airplane’s era-defining hits such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit,” retired from performing in 1989. Since then Slick, 74, has found a second career painting old friends and white rabbits. We spoke to her from her home in Malibu.
Q: A lot of your paintings refer to “Alice in Wonderland.” Are you reclaiming it after all these years?
A: It’s a well-known story. What I like about it is everybody has their own read on it. There’s no Prince Charming. She has to fend for herself. I think that’s a good book to read to little girls.
Q: I like how you use acrylic because you’re too impatient for oil to dry.
A: With oils, you’ve got to use turpentine and other junk. If you get it in your clothes, it doesn’t come out. If you use acrylic, you just wash the brushes in the sink. It dries fast. I don’t have a lot of time left.
Q: Were you really as dangerous as everyone thought?
A: I don’t know. I still say whatever I think. If you have legs, you can leave. If you don’t have legs, you can roll out on your wheelchair. That’s as dangerous as I get.