aka McKenna Morton

AGE: 27

BiRTHPLACE: Akron, Ohio

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Q: When did you know you wanted to pursue artistry?

A: I had to be around 5. I was at my Nana’s house going through my mom’s old room. I found one of her high school art portfolios and was amazed, because I’d never seen her draw. We started to draw together all the time after that.

Q: Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

A: I do a lot of portraits of my favorite actors and musicians, but mostly i’m inspired by my own body and the intricacies of past relationships and sexual experiences.

Q: How have you grown in your artwork in recent years?

A: My composition has improved immensely! I used to have no idea what to do with the background and negative spaces, but that comes to me much easier now. I pay more attention to detail, and I’m no longer afraid of large canvases. I work a lot faster (once i actually get started😩).

Q: What childhood memory or artifact influenced you most to date?

A: I used to draw Disney characters and cartoon versions of celebrities and sell them in the lunchroom. I never not had a job.

Q: How much weight do you put on perception of audience?

A: Surprisingly a lot, given the fact that I don’t actually care what anyone thinks about anything. Ironically, I want my art to be interpreted as accurately as possible, even though it’s supposed to be “subjective.” I specifically chose my bright color palette and generally simplistic style to take a jab at my generation’s inability to process anything that isn’t over-explained or watered down. However, the messages behind my work are always more complicated than one would think at first glance.

Q: What specific culture or period of time do you identify with most in your art?

A: Definitely the 80s. That time period was iconic across the board in music, fashion, movies, everything. I especially admired Andy Warhol and the way he transitioned pop culture into pop art. I want to do THAT.

Q: Where do you feel most comfortable creating?

A: Literally ass naked on my bed, either watching one of my favorite movies or listening to music (usually Janet Jackson). I get anxious as F while live painting. I can’t paint around people I’m not super comfortable with. It’s a good way to tell whether i really f*** with u or not. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Q: What do you think is most important to an artist’s progression?

A: Consistency and experimentation. You can’t improve if you aren’t producing anything, and you can’t expand if you limit your art in anyway.

Q: Describe your style of artwork in 3 textures or fabrics.

A: Latex, velvet and flesh.

Q: Is it important for artists to explain their art?

A:Yes and no. Sometimes, it takes me a second to get comfortable being vulnerable enough to reveal why I created what I did. Sometimes, my piece is so fire that I’m more than happy to tell everyone how I came up with the idea. Other times, my art is so blatant, I don’t need to say anything. I hope people get it one way or another but if they don’t, f*** ’em.

Q: What can be the biggest hindrance to your creativity?

A: My time management is really ass. When I correct that, I’ll be producing art WAY more often than I do. I have tons of ideas, sometimes it’s just hard for me to make the time to sit down and get started.

Q: What are your favorite mediums to use?

A: Definitely acrylic on canvas. I like to add glitter and gems too.

Q: What are some of your favorites out of the projects you’ve completed?

A: Definitely ‘Succubus,’ because that was me developing my style and also letting out a lot of anger I was feeling at the time. I also love my newest one ‘Like a Pill’; an ode to my past hookups. My thought bubble series too, Because i have an endless supply of sayings to go with those.

Q: If your journey had a movie, what would it be called?

A: “High Yellow.”

Q: Do you feel energy has an impact on your creativity and your artwork?

A: Most definitely. I have to be in the right frame of mind in order to create. Even if the emotion behind the piece is negative, I have to be ready to process it in order to turn it into something beautiful.

My website will be up this summer, but for now all of my pieces are on my instagram.