Meet an Artopian – Kellie Martin

Who would you consider you biggest inspiration?

In the beginning of early age that I’ve been admire Salvador Dali for his surreal works, and especially his melting clock is that what I am usually use this symbolic as my battling anxiety and my lifetime hate and love relationship with the time. Daniel Katz-Hernandez, my art friend and former classmate in mural class at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. I admire his figure bodies drawing and graffiti/ mural paintings. He have a mad skill in his art. Wendy Oritz (for her higher spiritual surreal power and reflections of melancholy in the forms), and Stef Azevedo (for her empowering strength towards womyn, and her glacatic fierceness.)

What is your favorite color?

It is a possible for me to pick ONE color.  I will tell you what my favorite colors are; Black, Purple, Turquoise, Dark Lavender and maroon. 

How has art changed your life?

The more time you spend with art, the more it improves your focus. Looking at art is a form of meditation and the more you do it, the longer you can focus. It’s like working out muscles in your body. The more you work out, the stronger you get, the longer your endurance and greater your productivity. It is a mediation for me and helps me to get through my daily struggles. It is reminds that I can overcome with everything.

What is the scariest movie you have ever seen?

I am a huge horror movie fan, but the movie called, “The Conjuring 2” gave a really terrifying nightmare while I was at one of my friend’s gay father’s beach house with many large mirrors everywhere! I ran in the house and cover the sheets! 

What would you say is the biggest challenge you have faced in your journey with art?

 My journey is often hard and heavy relates with art. My art is not the exactly that I would call it a beautiful. I always express my emotions so rawness that makes people uncomfortable the most of time. Also, the  money is the biggest barrier from me to climb the success because I come from the low income family but  also, it made me to creative how to do think out of the box with art sources that I can have an access. 

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