Our Conversation with Kendra Sartorelli
Kendra is an artist, performance artist and musician and a rookie this year!
Which of your achievements to date are you most proud of?
My “We Need Monsters” series of acrylic paintings is the work I’m most proud of. Inspired by horror in pop culture and entertainment, these paintings feature original monsters and there are now over thirty in the series!
What’s your favorite horror film and why?
I really love “Aliens”! I love the creature design of the aliens, they’re such awesome monsters! Sigourney Weaver as Ripley is also one of my favourite film heroines. I adore the scene at the end where she fights the alien queen!
Who is your hero in the horror world and why?
I share Guillermo del Toro’s love of monsters and I really admire him. I saw his “At Home With Monsters” exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario, and I was completely blown away by the huge variety and amazing quality of the monster artwork there.
Share a practical tip for a woman who wants to do what you do.
Spend as much time as you can in your studio space, and work on your art as much as possible. If one of your projects is making you feel stuck and uninspired, put it aside and keep working on something new. Keep creating!
Inspire someone who is not where they want to be in the industry yet.
Try not to judge your own success based on the success of others. Just keep trying to do your own best, and do what makes you happy.
Scare the crap out of us with something you have done or plan on doing!
Back in the late nineties I co-founded a shock rock band and we sang songs about cannibalism, frontal lobotomies and other horrific stuff. As we performed, we would spit (fake) blood at each other and throw handmade props at the audience that included bloody heads, severed limbs and lobotomized babies!
What projects do you have coming up?
Later this month my painting “We Need Monsters #20” will be in the Blue/Bleu Impulse exhibition at Propeller in Toronto. I’ll also be participating in a “Meet the Artists” event for this on Sunday February 24th where people can talk to me about my work.