year of birth: 1989
country: United States
Q1: When did you start making art?
I think I’ve always done some form of art throughout my life. The only difference is the media has changed. It started with drawing, then painting, sewing, photography, working on and off stage in a Theater… until eventually I focused more on makeup. I still apply a lot of my previous interests, and in a way can be challenging, since I enjoy so many hobbies.
Q2: What does inspire you?
There’s several factors that go into my inspirations. It could be a movie I recently saw, an idea, a photo, a location, an outfit. I don’t really have one set method. It just comes to me, and in most cases, changes into something else as it’s being created, the more that I work on it.
Q3: What are your techniques?
Winging it for the most part! I start with one idea and feel confident that I know what I’m doing; until it fails miserably and I have to fix it on the fly during a set. I use a lot of unconventional methods and materials to save money, or make something last minute.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I really love themes, or leaving it open to multiple interpretations. Each one is different, but I’m not a fan of just making something to make it, without having a reason behind it. For some, it’s a basic principle, a color scheme, a story, a word, or even re-tellings of classics.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I don’t know if I’d have a main color, but I know I’ll always use a lot of red. Since my favorite genre is horror, a lot of it involves the use of blood. I think I’m obsessed with finding the right shade of red for particular sets.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Everything, really. I’m always in it to improve. Every set that’s completed, I pick it apart with what I could have done better. I don’t hate my work, but I’m glad I’m not blind to what needs fixing. Right now I’m in the process of trying new techniques and getting out of my comfort zone. I want to work on a larger scale, and get better with applications, or improve a steady hand.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Several, actually! Last year I started a project that was delayed until early this year. It’s a re-telling of classic fairy tales in a horror setting. I’m a huge fan of the genre, so I’m using it to experiment and learn new tricks. Aside from that, I have a few other projects that get worked on whenever I find the time.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of Pancake-mix.
Oh gosh… I don’t know! Actually, IDK would be a good description. I don’t think my work reflects me personally. I’m obnoxious, funny to some folks and a chronic overthinker. But my work reads as dark, horrifying, and maybe even a little strange. To me, I wouldn’t connect how I see myself, as having done my own work, if that makes any sense.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
I don’t have a link to my very first SFX application, but I do have some HERE from when I was starting out.
In beginning I didn’t have any real end point. I just played around with what I could get to see what did what. I didn’t think of themes or reasons behind doing this wound or that. So there’s really no motivation, only practice. You can tell it’s beginner work by the lack of blending, or random placement. When you make a wound, you have to realized where on the body it’s going and how that effects the skin or bone. If it’s old or new. How it was made, etc.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Since then I’ve definitely improved blending and overall application. I know more about the products I’m using and know a wider variety to choose from instead of the same stuff each time.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
I guess just… living life? I don’t think I have a super deep meaning behind why I do what I do. I just enjoy doing it. I love getting to collaborate with a bunch of people in order to bring to life something amazing. Something people can look at and go, wow, that’s hella neato. Haha, no but seriously, it just feels good. You put so much effort into something and then you finally see it done. I get a little emotional sometimes because right now I work with my friends. Each one has their own talents and I just feel so incredibly blessed to know them, and to know that they enjoy working together on a project. In the end, I would say art keeps me going. I work in an office and it’s really not my thing, so I build up this need to just go out and make something with my time. Something I can leave behind and show that I didn’t waste it doing nothing.