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Q&A With Crochet Goddess Kelley Queen

Find Kelley Queen on instagram @skelleyqueenart

Kelley and I met a couple months ago when she began working with me at The Picasso Cafe and she is by far one of the sweetest human beings I have ever met in my life. She's a 22 (23 in precisely a month!) year old artist from Oklahoma City. She's a sushi loving Taurus babe who has found her balance of being a riot girl, being strong in her faith, and an avid crocheter!

j: Favorite color?

k: Well, I'm about to dye my hair sunset colors, my boyfriend and I have been watching a lot of the Simpsons lately so I've been drawn to a lot of the colors on the show.

j: Day or Night?

k: Night owl for sure, I've been steadily going to bed at 3 or 4 am for a cool minute now.

j: What's influencing you in your art right now?

k: The major boom in immersive art that's happening in Oklahoma City with the people at Factory Obscura and everything happening with mixtape.

j: What has influenced you in the past?

k: It depends on the media. I've gotten a lot of inspiration from the 70's contemporary art movement and local artists like everything happening with Factory Obscura and Mixtape.

j: What do you think women are most afraid of?

k :Expectations. Whether it be something put on them by society or religion or social media I think that we all fall into thinking that we're not good enough or that we're not doing what we need to do or that we're doing too much.

j: Who and what influences your style and are some of your style icons?

k: Back in the tumblr era I was really into the pastel goth kawaii aesthetic. Now I'm really into anything that is Lisa Frank meets kinda creepy. I'm also a big fan of Kacey Musgraves and Rico Nasty's style.

j: Go to snack?

k: Honestly I know it's bad but my late night snack is McDonalds fries, they're so good. Otherwise I'm a fan of fruit bars, something quick kind of healthy that won't make me feel like trash.

j: What art apart from your own genre do you enjoy?

k: Mixed media work and art you can touch. I've met a lot of talented artists from the Factory Obscura team and they're making these giant plushie creatures. I also am a fan of the local artist Dylan Bradway. I found him when I was in high school and was really inspired by his stuff. I love the creatures he does and all the loopy line work. There's a lot of really rad local artists around here.

j: Why crochet in a world dominated by digital media?

k: I've never even tried to do any form of digital media it seems too intense for me. Crochet was something that I've been doing for about ten years, my aunt taught me how to at church so it holds a lot of sentimental value and when I got to OU and started my BFA I learned that I could integrate crochet into the fine arts world and from there everything changed because I realized that I could take this thing that I had a great passion for and really bring it to the forefront of my fine art.

j: What advice would you give to an artist at their lowest point?

k: If you don't create and get it out you'll regret it later. It sounds so corny but really don't give up, find your network of people that will support you and give you honest feedback about your work. Building relationships is everything in art.

j: What do you think OKC and Norman can do to open up the art space more?

k: On main street in Norman there's this place called Resonator, one of my professors at OU is actually one of the people spearheading it. It's a non-profit and they're very open to anything and everything. It's not super overwhelming at all. It's definitely a safe space to do whatever you want. So having spaces that would be more easier to approach. So more DIY spaces I like them a lot.

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