INTERVIEW: Artist: Heather King
Double post today- I know…it’s rare…
As you are aware- I like art. Not this pussy crap you see in the museums… no I like things a little … ‘darker’. I also think that art is not limited to paint, ink and sculpture… so one night the ‘Zombiequeen’ was lurking on the net… and she brought to my attention this artist she found. There are no ‘big’ things she has contributed to, any television shows or celebrities endorsing her… yet. That means we are in on the ground floor, because what she does is damn fine art… her bio (from her site) is understated:
“I am in love with any and all art forms.
I paint on canvas, digitally, and live for photography.
I am 36 yrs old and have been capturing what I feel on paper and canvas since I was little.”
Pretty fucking simple- she makes art that she loves making, her digital stuff in my view is mind blowing. I had to reach out and show you her work- its right up our alleys, and after reading our interview you can be one of those people in the know… Ladies and Gentlemen, Heather King!
ZK: Heya Heather, Thanks for taking the time to chat to us… So- we NEED to know more! Your bio is so sparse! Tell us about yourself and your art!
HK: Such a pleasure ZombieKing, thanks for having me. Inspiration comes in so many forms, and people neglect to see what is in front of their very eyes, what is so obvious. There is light/dark in everything, beauty/horror just the same. I try my best to capture both sides. There are times where I can spend a full 24 hrs working on one photograph (creating layers and textures) I will go without sleep or food, time stands still and it’s almost like giving birth when the creation is finished. Rarely do people ‘see’ what I am trying to say and I am fine with that. There have been a few people who I have spoken to in volumes through my images and that to me is worth more than the lottery.
ZK: You seem to work in several mediums- do you go in phases, like ‘today I will work on a painting… or today I am going to do digital’ or do you have a favorite that you come back to?
HK: I would give ‘ANYTHING’ to be able to paint or draw, so I don’t paint as often as I should. My dream would be to turn my photographs into paintings. A camera is a better friend to me. I don’t really think I have phases, what I create just flows through me, I don’t even need an idea or a theme, it just happens, sort of like being possessed. There are even some pieces I have done that if I look at them I will cringe. Many have been premonitions (of a dark/horrible nature) that I have created, and a few months later the terror depicted in my images had actually happened and came true. I can’t photograph someone dark or bloody that I love or care about, otherwise bad things happen.
ZK: What influences your work- it definitely has an edge to it…
HK: What influences my work? Life…the hardships that others suffer and no one seems to care about. I have never seen so many homeless or painful people than in Ottawa, especially in the area of town that I live in. It breaks my heart. That being said, ‘pain’ is an influence as well as music, ‘the legendary pink dots’ have inspired me throughout the decades unlike anything or anybody else.
ZK: You have some work that features some creatures (Oooo! A rhyme!)…like Vamps and such (thank you for not adding a ‘sparkle’ effect by the way…) Do you have a preference for any particular ‘monster’?
HK:Ha ha ha. Never ‘sparkle’ effects. Bleh. Do I have a monster preference? I hate the vampires are ‘trendy’ now with all the bad films out there (cough cough ‘twilight’)…but they are my favorite. I remember when I was little I would always leave my bedroom window open in hopes that one would come to ‘change me’…never happened. When ‘Fright Night’ came out, I was hooked. Wrote down every word from every actor, had that movie memorized. Their power and seduction is very attractive. Best vampire movie people have got to see is ‘Thirst’ by the lovely Park Chan Wook.
ZK: You don’t get away from our standard question around here… even though it has NOTHING to do with art… Fast or slow Zombies, which do you prefer and why?
HK: I like slow Zombies best. There is a delicious lingering of them following, moaning, coming for you.
When I was very young, my dad showed me the classic ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and I fell madly in love.
ZK: What is next on the horizon for you?
HK: I am having a show with another artist at Cafe Dekcuf ( In Ottawa Ontario, Canada) on July 29th. There will be massive amounts of our art, and 2 amazing dj’s. Admission we are asking for a donation, even pocket change.
Sometime in August I will be showing/selling my work at an erotic show, yet to be announced.
ZK: The most important question… How can people get your stuff?
HK: Most of my work can be viewed here www.redbubble.com/people/locustgirl. But to get my stuff, sizes you want for a MUCH more reasonable price, it’s best to contact me directly, here firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather, we won’t keep you… but thanks again for taking the time to chat to us! We will be keeping an eye on you!
That’s it for this interview, keep it locked to zombieinfo.com for more cool ass chats with cool ass people…
Here is a couple of digital pieces by Heather of yours truly… the Zombieking…
I’m the Zombieking… and this topic is DEAD to me!
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