Today we’d like to introduce you to Mollie Kellogg.
Mollie, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Named after and Eddie Arnold song. From Phoenix, AZ. Mother, a portrait artist, and father, a photographer and cartoonist. Spent childhood dancing/singing/creating to the beat of my own drummer and, alternatively, hiding from bullies — the second a direct result of the first. Luckily, I had some skills in the performing and visual arts that eventually led me to friends, opportunities, career, and love (married/2 children), that rewarded my quirks. Attended art school in Colorado and to this day work as a 24/7 artist (fine/commercial). I consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist (painting, video, sculpture, music, photography, dance, performance.) I am very lucky. I like my work.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Since 2009 I have focused on my “Incognito Witch Project.” Incognito Witch works reveal the subject’s hidden psyche, suppressed to meet society’s expectations. Mortals become magical beings draped in mysterious fabrics, adorned with jewels and leaves, wearing messy makeup with a signature flash of color under the eyes. These figures evoke a Mother Nature archetype of power, strength, attraction, empathy and vulnerability.
I began the Project, celebrating hidden magic, in 2009 with a series of “Inner Portrait” mixed-media paintings. The live action character of G the Incognito Witch was introduced in 2010 in the first of many short award-winning films. In 2014, my film character, Ginger Anxiety, became the first “Selfie” portrait. In 2016 I created Incognito Witchlings limited edition resin art sculptures, (see http://www.incognitowitch.com ).
Now, 2018, nine years later, (wow), I am considering winding down the series. Before I can retire G and the gang, however, I have about 12 more selfies from folks who sent me photos as Incognito Witches for consideration for portraits — I think it would be nice to honor those who invested time in the project, if I can, (see http://www.gingeranxiety.com ); I am also working on another original music video for the gang — four of the characters get to tell their story, (see https://molliekellogg.com/works/videos.html ); and lastly I would like to finish up a second Limited Edition Witchling of Ginger, (see http://www.youaremagick.com ).
I see my art as a way to promote self-acceptance, laughter, play, healing, community and personal possibility. The inner magic message resonates with like-minded individuals, participants, and organizations that support a mission to change the world through art.
You are magic!
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I was JUST thinking about this earlier today when I was reworking an experiential work for the third…or fourth time — lost track. I was reminding myself that if you experiment, you have to be ok with failing.
THEN, I was reminded of something my art school life drawing teacher said, that has helped me many times over: What makes a good artist is not how few mistakes they make — but rather how skillfully they fix the mistakes they do make.
He also said, in line with the above: Nothing is precious; and: Sometimes you have to start over.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Artwork by Mollie Kellogg can be seen on my website at http://www.molliekellogg.com.
For upcoming shows see https://molliekellogg.com/works/gallery/show_schedule.html.
In San Diego you can often catch my work at First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego in Bard Hall Gallery (open business hours, check in at office, free parking in Ace lot with validation). I am co-coordinator (with John Keasler) and the First UU Art Guild meets for a Reception, Artist Talk, and Discussion (guests can bring up to 3 artworks to share) every other month. It is a support group for artists and art appreciators. Artists interested in participating can check out our Facebook page. You don’t have to be associated with the church and there are no fees. Request to join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FirstUUArtGuild/
My work really needs to be seen in person. The techniques are layered with metallic and almost impossible to capture with photography. If there is a work you would like to see I would be happy to coordinate a viewing.
How to support my art. Love me 😉
Hmmm. Well, giving a work a forever home is a great way to encourage me to keep on keeping on. I currently have a couple folks who love art, and like all of us, are on a budget, so using the PayPal invoice feature that accepts partial payments, they make payments whenever they can, of however much they can — no pressure, no stress. Art on my shelf does no one any good!
- Website: www.molliekellogg.com
- Phone: 858-449-0548
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/incognitowitch
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/Artwork.MollieKellogg
- Twitter: www.twitter.com/molliekellogg
- Other: www.vimeo.com/molliekellogg
T. Collins Logan