Monday, March 17, 2014

“Incognito Witch” Magick Continues in New Paintings and Short Film by Mollie Kellogg

 
  You Me Us by Mollie Kellogg 60”x48” mixed media

Meet the artist in San Diego April 8, 2014 from 6-8:30pm
Bard Hall Gallery, First UU Church in Hillcrest

(San Diego, March, 2014) Artist Mollie Kellogg will present the next phase of her Incognito Witch Project in April in San Diego. Kellogg’s new paintings and music video continue her series celebrating hidden magick that began in 2009.

Her award-winning semi-nude and draped Incognito Witch paintings reveal her subjects’ hidden psyche – suppressed to adapt to societal pressures. The portraits are stunning mixed-media-on-canvas that cast mere mortals as magickal beings draped in mysterious fabrics, adorned with jewels and leaves. Incognito Witches are hard to miss. “They wear messy lipstick and nature adornments in their hair,” says Kellogg. “They have a signature flash of color under their eyes, and the female witches love their jewels.”

The new works place the witches in outdoor settings. In the evocative You Me Us, a woman poses with her two daughters, heads adorned in flowers, the mother clutching a gilt hand mirror. Sunrise depicts a voluptuous young woman draped in shag leather in a field of flowers; the portraits, Kellogg says, “are about allowing yourself to be vulnerable and the power that comes with self acceptance.” 

“There is a raw, powerful, and beautiful eloquence to these women,” says Bob Hogge, the former director of Monkdogz Urban Art Gallery in New York City, of Kellogg’s paintings. “They haunt the viewer long after you walk away from them.”

Titled “Paint My Life,” Kellogg’s accompanying three-minute music video features G the Incognito Witch, a character inspired by Kellogg’s paintings. In this newest installment, Kellogg returns as G, who confronts her inner child and finds herself surrounded by other people who may be witches themselves.

Kellogg has received emails from fans who say that the first G video, the quirky Nobody Loves Fat G, moved them to tears. “They write that she’s telling their story,” Kellogg says. G also resonates strongly with children, and the first video has been accepted to show in schools in India.

Kellogg’s new work will be on exhibit in a two-person show with Renee Tay, April 2 through May 5, 2014 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Bard Hall Gallery, 4190 Front St. in San Diego, CA. Open business hours and Sundays 9am-12pm (Check in with office.)


The public is invited April 8, 2014:
6-7 pm Artist Reception

6:30 pm Video Screening
7-8:30 pm Artist Presentation and Discussion


For information, email artist@molliekellogg.com or visit www.incognitowitch.com


Above right: Sunrise by Mollie Kellogg 36”x60” mixed media; left: Paint My Life Production Still with Mollie Kellogg as G


Painting video diary: XV-XIX

OK - duh, I finally figured this out. Instead of trying to download from Web.stagram then embed into Blogger, I can embed directly from Instagram and they look much better. Let me know if these view well for you. I will include a link, too... just in case.

Painting video diary XV. Getting close. I used layers of gloss varnish in between sessions to keep myself from rubbing of something I liked. It resulted in an interesting depth effect on the skin. I like a lot of things about this painting. I think it is a step forward but also a bit of a throwback to my pre-2010 work with the darker outlining. I am generally obsessed with consistency but because my goal with these four works is to go to a new place, I am not going to force these successes on the next and last painting in this set. http://web.stagram.com/p/663376458119329590_246785972 Painting video diary XVI. Nothing like a deadline. Last minute prep for a demo Monday at Gallery 23 in Spanish Village, Balboa Park. I didn't get gesso on my clothes - a first! My phone, with which I recorded this, was not so lucky. http://web.stagram.com/p/667207325140858670_246785972 Painting the video diary XVII. Is it soup yet? A little satin and matte varnish (currently mostly gloss) and if nothing catches my eye tomorrow then I will photograph it and post the photos! On my wishlist is an easel I can raise with the canvas on it -- this one throws my back out if I'm not careful. I could just take the canvas off and raise it up but then, well, you know... One remaining painting in the series I've been documenting. http://web.stagram.com/p/671155064639796611_246785972 Painting video diary XVIII. I can't live with the guilt. But if you liked it better before, don't tell me. I will cry. It is an involuntary reaction to disappointing someone. Even if I don't know you, I want you to be happy. Yes, it's not normal, but I am an Artist after all... normal was never on the table. http://web.stagram.com/p/674715991481988493_246785972  Painting video diary XIX. This may be done. If it is this is the last of the four paintings I have been documenting in these Instagram videos. These paintings will show in April 2014 in San Diego. Next to complete: I have a video short I am creating with original music featuring G the Incognito Witch that will screen at the reception. This painting has a slightly different feel than the three women because instead of the blocking out being done with the Payne's Gray I used a Raw Umber. While I used a purple on both for shading, on this piece I also used a Cerulean Blue. If you look on my website http://www.molliekellogg.com under the people and family tabs you will find that the brown is a throwback to my 2004 work. http://web.stagram.com/p/675511411598636582_246785972 Follow the progress at http://www.Facebook.com/Artwork.MollieKellogg final paintings at http://www.MollieKellogg.com

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Incognito Witch brings her quirky magick to the Women’s International Film Festival in Nobody Loves Fat G



The Incognito Witch brings her quirky magick
to the Women’s International Film Festival in Nobody Loves Fat G

(Miami, March 12, 2014) Artist Mollie Kellogg’s short film, Nobody Loves Fat G, featuring her Incognito Witch character, has been selected from nearly 400 entries as one of the short films in the 2014 Women’s International Film Festival (WIFF), considered the premier international cultural event supporting women artists.
Nobody Loves Fat G screens on March 28 at 9pm at the James L. Knight International Center, located at 400 Southeast 2nd Avenue in Miami, Florida. For WIFF tickets and information visit www.womensfilmfest.com/event/nobody-loves-fat-g/.
Nobody Loves Fat G—which has screened at festivals in New York City, San Diego, Minnesota, Jakarta, Indonesia, and a touring youth program in Mumbai, India—finds G the Incognito Witch bombarded by infomercial advertising promising happiness, acceptance and love. She begins a trial-and-error search for a form of fitness that she hopes will bring these rewards.
The 10-minute film, written and directed by Kellogg, was inspired by Kellogg’s draped, figurative paintings celebrating hidden magick. The Incognito Witch Project expanded to video starring Kellogg as G (short for Goddess), the figure in the first painting of the series.
“Both on canvas and on video, an Incognito Witch is an inner portrait,” Kellogg says, “exposing and celebrating the magick hidden to assimilate to societal pressures. The identifying marks of an Incognito Witch are the coloration under the eyes, messy lipstick and the nature adornment in the hair. The females love their jewels. G never goes anywhere without her pearls.”
The Incognito Witch Project paintings and video are available at www.incognitowitch.com, and fans can follow G the Incognito Witch at www.facebook.com/IncognitoWitch
About the Women’s International Film Festival
WIFF is a unique cultural event featuring films, visual and performance arts and other artistic expressions by women. Featuring fashion, music, and more than 50 curated films, the weekend-long Miami, Florida festival and its corresponding conference attracts thousands of filmmakers and film lovers from around the globe.