Saturday, August 30, 2014

Bewitching Semi-Nude Portraits Expose Inner Magick


Award-winning Incognito Witch Paintings in Syracuse and Rochester Galleries in September

Creative sorceress Mollie Kellogg conjures a magickal world on canvas. Mortals are transformed into mystical beings draped in mysterious fabrics, adorned with jewels and leaves, often wearing messy makeup with a signature flash of color under their eyes. True-to-life figures emerge from a textured, glitter-embedded realm, evoking a Mother Nature archetype. Power, strength, attraction, empathy and vulnerability fight for dominance.
"Incognito Witch: You Me Us" depicts a semi-nude Rubenesque mother and her two draped daughters. The family resemblance is uncanny as the three sit side-by-side on a 60"x48" canvas. Their heads graced with flowers, the youngest with tiara in-hand as the mother clutches a gilded mirror, a family heirloom. “You Me Us” is on exhibit at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY, Sept. 6 – Oct. 18. Q&A with Mollie Kellogg Sat., Sept. 6, 2–3pm, Reception 7–9pm.
The 36”x60” "Incognito Witch: Voluntary Return" suggests a married couple shares a fantastic secret. The wife’s head displays a glorious crown of feathers – similar to a set held firmly by her husband. Partially draped, in her lap sits a treasured golden birdcage, unlatched, where little birds twitter free. “Voluntary Return” can be seen at ArtisanDirect Rochester Gallery, 565 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY, during the Rochester International Art Festival, Sept. 5 7.
In New York City, MZ Urban Art Gallery at Chelsea 27 has a set of three enchanting 12”x12” Witches in inventory. This video shows the making of "Hal's Apple" "Mystic's Prism" and "Girl's Heart."
Incognito Witch paintings reveal the subject’s hidden psyche, or inner magick, which has often been suppressed to meet society’s expectations. "Hopefully instead of just making pretty pictures, I am making something that has an impact on people," explains Mollie Kellogg.
Kellogg, has taken her message of encouraging self-acceptance from canvas to film. Mollie stars in the quirky short film Incognito Witch: Paint My Life, winner of the LGBTQAI Track Award at Nine Worlds in London, is an official selection of the Heal One World's Awareness Film Festival 2014 and screens at Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, Sun., Sept. 21, 12pm.
Since its inception, many have expressed their bucket-list desire to be a part of the project. And fans have found the “hidden magick” message empowering, “I love the Incognito Witch character because she inspires you to let your inner magic shine. Mollie Kellogg is such an inspiration—through her words, her mind, and her art.” Another commented, “Mollie is using her art to encourage the expression and celebration of the gifts of hidden magic that exist in all of us.”
Contact Mollie Kellogg at artist@molliekellogg.com, or for more information on the Incognito Witch Project visit www.incognitowitch.com.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Artist Mollie Kellogg's "Incognito Witch" Examines the Hidden Psyche



Like-minded venues, ArtRage Gallery, NY and Awareness Film Festival, CA,
present Mollie Kellogg's socially-conscious works in September.


LOS ANGELES, C.A., Aug. 16, 2014 -- Artist/film-maker Mollie Kellogg has a message for you – Don't suppress your inner magick! 

Her Incognito Witch paintings reveal her subjects' hidden psyche – inner magick – suppressed to meet society's expectations. Semi-nude, true-to-life figures emerge from a textured, glitter-embedded realm, evoking a Mother Nature archetype. Power, strength, attraction, empathy and vulnerability fight for dominance. 

Since its inception, many models have expressed their bucket-list desire to be a part of the project in order to address self-empowerment, self-love or body issues, and have shared personal stories of healing with Mollie. "Hopefully instead of just making pretty pictures, I am making something that has an impact on people," explains Kellogg in the video presentation Mollie Kellogg Presents: Incognito Witch 2014. 

The "hidden inner magick" message has resonated with like-minded organizations, organizations that promote a mission to change the world through art. The award-winning "Incognito Witch: You Me Us" depicting a semi-nude Rubenesque mother and her two draped daughters, is on exhibit at ArtRage Gallery, 505 Hawley Ave., Syracuse, NY, Sept. 6 – Oct. 18. Q&A with Mollie Kellogg Sat., Sept. 6, 2–3pm, Reception 7–9pm.

The family resemblance is uncanny as the three sit side-by-side on a 60"x48" canvas. Their heads adorned with flowers, the youngest fondles a tiara as the mother clutches a gilded mirror, a family heirloom. "Everything in this painting has meaning to me. Being with my daughters, how much we resemble each other, our different stages of womanhood... the mirror represents my children as a reflection of myself," says Mollie's long-time friend, Lynn, who did not hesitate when Mollie asked if she and her daughters would pose. "There was some discomfort in the nudity aspect for me, who wants to see the PTA President's saggy old boob? But I see it now as such beauty – women are so beautiful. All of us." 

"I see my art as a way to promote self-acceptance, laughter, play, healing, community and personal possibility," says Kellogg, who has taken her message from canvas to film. Mollie stars in the short film Incognito Witch: Paint My Life (winner of the LGBTQAI Track Award at Nine Worlds in London), which will screen at Heal One World's Awareness Film Festival at Promenade Playhouse, 1404 3rd St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA, Sun., Sept. 21, 12pm.

Contact Mollie Kellogg at artist@molliekellogg.com, or for more information on the Incognito Witch Project visit www.incognitowitch.com.