Art Talk with McKenna Lynn, 21-year old Abstract Artist
Her work is very distinctive and with a different point of view. This is our conversation with the talented artist now based in Orlando, FL.
Musa Creativa (MC): Tell us about you, and your abstract art.
McKenna: My name is McKenna and I’m a 21-year-old abstract artist. I’ve been developing the idea of left-brain surrealism, which is where fine art meets the eye of a child. Letting my inner child paint or draw an honest point of view. I also experiment with the fluidity of gender, abstract anatomy, and my personal relationship with color.
Musa Creativa (MC): What is the main inspiration behind your art pieces? What inspires you to create this type of art?
McKenna: My inspiration comes from within. I can see most pieces before I make them. It’s instantaneous; I see exactly what I need to make. It’s almost as if I’m receiving these images from somewhere, and it’s my job to make them a reality. Of course, there are always times where creativity takes a turn and it comes out differently than I expected, and very frequently I draw on the fly. However, I feel my best work is from these moments of instant inspiration.
Musa Creativa (MC): What are the characteristics of your abstract art pieces? What sets them apart?
McKenna: The defining characteristic of any of my paintings is always the color. Primarily use a monochromatic palette. I feel like it always makes the emotion behind the color strong and obvious, but is also visually decluttering. One-color at a time is very soothing to me. I tend to favor one color each period of my life, reflecting what it looks like, what it feels like, or how I want it to be.
There was a time in my life when I favored the color blue. This was a time of great pain and stress that needed relief. Blue was my saving grace. After my salvation, I took a bright shine to the color pink! This was a time of bubbling joy. I had such adoration for life and the love that I had. Currently, I’m working in greyscale, and finding strength in the color black. Truth be told this is a time of despair, all joy lost. This is a time where I need a strong foundation for a new McKenna. Season to season, piece to piece, my artwork shows the comfort and power that I’ve found in each color.
My inspiration comes from within. I can see most pieces before I make them. It’s instantaneous; I see exactly what I need to make.McKenna Lynn, Abstract Artist
Musa Creativa (MC): How is the creation process for your artwork?
McKenna: I always like to make sure I’m in the receptive mode before I create, so I can properly translate the inspiration I’m given. The creative process for me has always been about slowing down. My artwork is very clean and blended, which calls for careful, controlled brushstrokes. Almost a form of meditation, I become laser-focused on what I’m doing. The linework that I do is the best way I know to center myself.
Musa Creativa (MC): We love your art piece called “Shall we Dance?”. We think it communicates so much! Can you tell us the story behind this piece?
McKenna: This is an illustration of the inside of one’s head. Each figure is a separate part of the mind. The one in the middle on the ground is the pure, vulnerable portion of you. Then, the figure above is negative momentum, manipulating the vulnerable mind. The other 3 figures are delirious dancers that represent the chaos that ensues when you aren’t in control of your thoughts. The mind is a powerful thing and if we aren’t attentive to how we feel, and what we think, things get will messy.
Musa Creativa (MC): What does being an artist mean to you?
McKenna: Being an artist means everything to me. Art is the way I survive; the way I calm down. Art is the way I feel fulfilled and accomplished at the end of the day. I can’t sleep without creating at least one thing in a 24 hour period. Being an artist means using my platform to influence and inspire others, to find other artists, and change the world together. I have found the most beautiful little art family here in Orlando, FL and they’ve taught me one thing that has changed everything: there’s always another perspective. The noblest thing any of us can do is share that perspective. To go out in this big scary world and live our truth.
Musa Creativa (MC): Lastly, what has influenced your art? Or who?
McKenna: When I was young my mother homeschooled me. She took me to so many museums, one of my favorites was the Carlos Museum of Emory University. It’s full of Egyptian, Greek, and Aztec artwork which have all influenced me heavily. The flat physical form of ancient Egyptian murals, the pottery of ancient Greece, and above all, the sculpture of the Aztecs. The masks and other artifacts at Emory have always stuck with me. I had a book full of masks, with hollow eyes, stretched mouths, and distorted features. When I pull out that book today I can see the direct influence in the faces that I paint.
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For inquiries, or to purchase any of these artworks, please contact McKenna directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.