thing I hate about being a artist is that unlike some artist,I really
have no clue why I do what I do or what it's even about in a way.
Maybe it's a cross to bear for all surrealist or artist in general
that work from images they see in their unconscious,or in flashes
of vision or even meetings with the other side.
I don't have a artist statement even though I should,all professional
artist should have one,it's just a easy way to tell people what
you are trying to do with your art.I can't write one because I don't
know what the hell is going on,and having "I don't know what the
hell is going on" as a artist statement is a little off putting.
It' much like people who are psychic and have no clue why,they are
sure it has some rhyme or reason,they just aren't sure what it is.
I know what the purpose of me making some of the things is,sometimes
it could be to make people face the horror of what something really
is.It's one thing to tell somebody abusing animals or is wrong,but
you wave something that looks like a skinned cat in their face and
trust me they will "get it".
It's just weird because at times I'm on the journey just like the
people that see my stuff are.I'm like a medium or a channeler,I'm
just the vehicle.I'm just here along for the ride and for the most
part I don't have much control and say over what I make.
do make a few things here and their just for fun,or to be creative,Take
some of my sketches for instance as you can see I'm not the greatest
artist when left up to my own devices.LOL.But most of my fine art
things are things that are from some deep dark place,that I don't
even know where it is,what it's called and why I go there.Also sometimes
I feel the need to make things addressing certain subjects,it's
like what Southern Baptist refer to as a "burden".
For the most part I feel like I don't know what the hell is going
on,I just know I feel something strongly,just like the people that
are viewing my work.
For information on me visit my personal site www.uglyshyla.com
Ugly Shyla is a self-taught producer of hand-crafted, sub-cultured fine-art dolls that have been showcased in museums and galleries, as well as on websites and print.Some of her print credits as a artist include SPIN magazine,Lollipop and Bizarre.Not only were her dolls used as props in the book Dream, by the master of dark photography, John Santerineross, but Ugly also participated in some of the elaborate photos as a model. In addition, Ugly's impressive roster of talents include painting,sewing,performance art and modeling, which she participates in primarily for the promotion of her doll making. Resume credits include: Lithium Picnic, Steven Diet Goedde, Superbitch magazine, AMF Corsets and St. Elizabeths Doll Museum. The androgynous alternative beauty hails from Southern Louisiana, where she resides with her gaggle of cats,pugs,her famous handicap painting squirrel Winkelhimer Smith,tarantulas and dolls.
Bio by Nina Hugo.