PAPER PEOPLE: JOSEPH MCKiNNEY

JOSEPH MCKiNNEY

lake 1.jpgAGE: 25

SCHOOL: The Ohio State University

BiRTHPLACE: Cincinnati, Ohio

Q: What do you like to depict in your artwork of the most?

The Paper People is the one thing that is incorporated within every piece. The Paper People represent freedom and the ability to make your own choices without the restrictions of society or self-imposed limitations. Whether it’s good or bad, we have the ability to shape our own lives.

Q:What inspires your art?

There are multiple things that inspire my art, the first being the pursuit of freedom. Freedom, meaning being able to do what I want, when I want without any restrictions. This is ultimately what I am aiming to achieve in life. Next, Music inspires me. I love music, because it is a apart of who I am today and surely will shape my future. There is an art to music that inspires me and my work. J. Cole is my #1 musical inspiration. His music has helped me overcome multiple obstacles in my life, and also speaks to some of the troubles we face being young and black in America. Lastly, my experiences shape my art through love and childhood memories.

Q: What is your favorite art medium? (marker, paint, etc.)

Paint is my favorite medium thus far, and I am still working on perfecting it. 

Q: What are some of your future goals and aspirations?

I want to take over the world. I want to be the best and most sought out artist, and I want people to really appreciate and support my vision. Lastly, I want to open my own art and design company. 

Q: Describe your style in 5 words. 

Thought Provoking Masterpieces with a Sense of Humor

Q: Who is your favorite artist and Why?

MC Escher, he was the first artist I fell in love with. He mastered the technique of transitioning 2D work  to 3D work. 

Q: What do you want to communicate through your art?

Be yourself. Utilize your God given gift to take over the world, and don’t let anybody tell you differently.

Q: Who is your favorite musical artist from the 90s?

2PAC.

Q: Who is the 90s Cartoon Character that you resonate with the most?

Goku from Dragon Ball Z.

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