- My work is influenced by tattooing, comics, printmaking, and working with textiles.
- I have been a maker of mail art since 2008
I have no family or friends. I've changed my art name too many times to count. I have no loyalties to any specific territory. I abhor the idea of being someone's fantasy of what an artist is, does, or my motivation for creating.
I have been homeless, abused, had my artwork stolen, and was thrown under the bus for petty politics by greedy hands. And no surprise to me, I was betrayed by those who claimed to be my family, never understood me, always sought to dominate me, and put on false faces to the world.
Growing up I was constantly victimized, gaslighted, and survived attempts on my life. I was shunned using popular opinion, as invested family members and private interests constantly sought to control me and stop me from taking credit for my artwork and finding delight in making artwork.
ART IS WORK. SIMPLY BECAUSE ONE TAKES PLEASURE IN CREATING ARTWORK, THOSE SUPPLIES COST MONEY. YOU DON"T GET YOUR TIME BACK. YOU GET WHAT YOU PUT IN.
Above all, I love freedom and the right to the pursuit of happiness. Every day I am willing to stay committed to paying the price to have my life to myself, to work as I chose, and to seek ways to improve myself to live my highest good and highest potential.
Today, despite all of my obstacles. I have held onto my artwork in the name of freedom of expression. Too many wicked lying tongues and those seeking to exploit the weak choose to use entertainment and social media to silence anyone that dares to stay authentic to self.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE PURCHASED MY ARTWORK, HOOKED UP FOR ART TRADES, AND GAVE ME WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE UP.
My birthday is not October 31st, but it is my favorite holiday. Ironically, I was born the same day as Adolf Hitler (whose art career was tragically cut short) but found out I have a wee bit of Jewish blood. Thanks, genetic testing!
I like to work small and hate making larger artwork beyond 11x15 inches
I have already had a solo art show once in life, but keep it low-key and humble by doing group shows.
I am grateful for my collectors, fans, and supporters. Without you, my work is only half-done. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
My favorite color is black and don't waste your time telling me it's not a color.
I genuinely do not like being around people because of years of mistreatment and being ostracized when I needed help the most. Life is unnecessarily cruel, ugly, and filled with hateful fake people. Sadly, most people love being fake and keeping up the B.S.
I would love to keep the disillusioned idea the humans can one day EVOLVE and seek to build a better world. I'm not holding my breath though. It'll be a cold day in hell before that ever happens. Trust me on that.
HAPPY FOR THE OVERSHARING. GOOD. NOW YOU REALLY KNOW ME, RIGHT?
Why the name ESS22?
Ess is the phonetic spelling for the 19th letter of the Roman alphabet, S. The number two has frequently popped up in my life, which made me become a bit obsessed with the number and numerology as a result.
I am a survived attempted abortion. A few weeks before I was born, my mom was looking for a way to end the pregnancy, some six months in. Surprise, surprise, she did graduate high school and attended college, but somehow missed out on sex ed I guess. I was born weighing barely over a pound, with about two months and two weeks to spare before I was expected. After a few weeks following my birth, I weighed a mere two pounds and two ounces.
The number 22 has haunted my life. So I choose to make peace with my demons rather than run away.
Why don’t you use color?
Working in black and white was a more economically sound decision for me, and I find the use of color to be too distracting for me. I did attend a commercial design school at one point, so the lesson that design should be thee strongest without the use of color as a crutch has stuck with me.
My POV of the world is somewhat nihilistic and bleak because hell is empty and all the devils are here. So, working in black and white makes the most sense for my work.
Also, I do use a bit of pop color now and then for some of my artwork. It just depends on what I feel is necessary.
Can I Use Your Artwork As A Tattoo?
Yes, you can feel free to use my artwork as a tattoo for your body. If you do, it would be nice if you tagged my Instagram account unless you get your tattoo work done from a scratcher. Then please, don't.
Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. "Red," ONLINE, February 2020 (Thank you so much!)
STICKERYOU Presents... RePEELed Sticker Art Show, Toronto, CAN January 30, 2020 (Merci beaucoup!)
Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, "9th All Women Art Exhibition" ONLINE, January 2020 (Special Recognition Category for Excellence in Art. Thanks!)
RED STUDIO GARAGE, "Slideshow Sideshow" Sept 2019 (Thank you so much!)
PEEL Magazine & Sticker You RePEELed Sticker Art Show, US/CAN 2019
June 2019 ROCO 6x6x2019, Rochester, NY (WORK SOLD OUT FIRST WEEK, HELL YEAH!)
OCTOBER 2018 @ Las Laguna Gallery, California Bring Us Your Dead Group Show (F*CK YOU UPS)
April 2018 Las Laguna Gallery, California Comics, Anime, Cartoons & Fantasy Group Show (THANK YOU SO MUCH)
September 2018 at Red Garage Studio, Minneapolis, Minnesota "Escape"
April/May 2018 III Exposicion Internacional Arte Postal en Aviles, Espana "El Fuego"
2018 Mail Art Project Lady Madonna, The Netherlands https://madonnaproject.blogspot.com/
2017 "Black and White Art," The Netherlands https://witter-mailart.blogspot.com
2017 "5 Letter Words," PA, USA digitalmailart.blogspost.com