Interview with Kendra Sartorelli

The Horror Club speaks to Canadian-based artist, Kendra Sartorelli, about her work, influences and plans for the upcoming year.

Tell us about yourself?

I’m a Toronto-based artist who creates original monster paintings. I have a home studio where I work, and I’ve shown my artwork in several solo and group exhibitions. I love the horror genre, and my art is inspired by this.

Tell us about some of your original paintings?

For the past several years I’ve been developing a series of acrylic paintings of original monsters titled “We Need Monsters”. Inspired by monster movies and horror in pop culture, I aim to create new and original characters in my paintings and put a smile on the viewer’s face.

I use a variety of acrylic paints and mediums to create the most interesting monsters possible, and to represent the different textures of the monster’s various body parts such as eyes, skin, teeth, tongue and lips. Acrylic is an extremely versatile medium that allows for a very full range of mark making possibilities, paint finishes, and texture options, and I push myself to explore this as far as I can. My goal is to create interesting viewing experiences for people by showcasing a broad range of textures and finishes. Within each piece, there are always different painting techniques on display, as well as sculpting techniques.

The entire body of the monster is never part of the composition, leaving the idea of what the monster is doing, and what their whole body looks like, up to the viewer. The monster is more mysterious this way, and I hope for the viewer to become involved with the painting, imagining what the rest of the monster would look like beyond the frame of the piece of artwork. Positioning the figure of the monster in a way that avoids revealing the monster in it’s entirety also references the way in which horror films have done this for many years. Monsters in movies often appear for only short periods of time in which the viewer cannot see the entire monster, while sound effects and reactions from human actors are used to fill in the gaps and help the viewer create an image in their mind of what the whole monster looks like.

Do you aim to tell stories through them?

I aim to create compositions that are open to interpretation by the viewer. Is the monster attacking you, or is it just surprised to see you? Are the monsters attacking each other, or are they embracing? I like to think that everyone sees something different.

What is See-Scape?

See-Scape is a sci-fi themed bar and games lounge in Toronto. They have an art gallery section and my paintings can regularly be found there on display and for sale. (2840 Dundas St. West, Toronto)

Do you look to society to become inspired to create monsters?

My monsters are generally inspired by my love of horror in pop culture and entertainment. I love monster movies, and horror stories of all kinds.

Would you ever collab with a writer or say, an animator, to bring your paintings to life in a different manner?

Sure! I’m always interested in new opportunities for my artwork.

What are your plans for 2018?

I’m currently continuing my “We Need Monsters” series of paintings. You can find them for sale online at http://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KendraSartorelliArt

Anything else you’d like to say?

I think it’s great that you’re promoting women artists for #WomenInHorrorMonth! There are so many women who love horror, and so many inspirational women who have contributed to horror over the years! It’s a great time for fans of the genre to take time to reflect on the many talented women who have worked in horror, and discover new female artists and creators.

If you’d like to read Kendra’s guest post for us, you can find it here: Monsters

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