Ikoi never fails to surprise us. Besides coordinating and organizing the volunteers for SSWA’s numerous events, she’s also a fantastic writer, master chef and visual artist. We spoke to Ikoi about the poster she designed for October’s VAMP, “Crack Ups and Melt Downs”.
What medium did you use for “Crack Ups and Meltdowns”?
Berol Prismacolor pencil on sketch paper.
Could you er… melt it down for us?
The artwork was just a sense of feeling helpless and watching the world I know dissolve around me into something I don’t really recognize anymore.
You mentioned that the art is about 10 (or 20?) years old. Can you remember what inspired it?
This is now closer to 20 years ago. I was sick and I had been in the hospital. I created this after I got out and still recovering at home. I was trying to exorcise the disorientation I was feeling from the illness and medication in addition to just a sense of alienation that extended illness can do for one’s psyche.
What would you say your biggest artistic break-down or crack-up has been?
Well, I’d say it was when I stopped drawing. All I did was draw for the first 16 years of my life, I was never without it. I spent most of my money on art supplies. Then, I stopped completely, didn’t seriously draw for almost two decades. I think I got overwhelmed with a lot of things at the time, and in that moment, art started to become more oppressive than expressive. I’m slowly starting to get back into it, and the frustration of losing dexterity and control has been utterly frustrating.
Signed, limited edition prints of Ikoi’s poster will be for sale at this month’s VAMP on October 27th.
First up was Nobuhiko Obayashi’s “House” – or “Hausu” in its original Japanese release – a cult horror classic often referenced as an early prototype for “Evil Dead” and similar absurdest / psychedelic horror films that followed in the years after it. Submissions should be horror / Halloween appropriate. Art Power provides the following description:
How to describe House? As a psychedelic ghost tale? A stream-of-consciousness bedtime story? An episode of Scooby Doo as directed by Dario Argento? Any of the above will do for this hallucinatory head trip about a schoolgirl who travels with six classmates to her ailing aunt’s creaky country home, only to come face to face with evil spirits, bloodthirsty pianos, and a demonic housecat. Too absurd to be genuinely terrifying, yet too nightmarish to be merely comic, House seems like it was beamed to Earth from another planet. Or perhaps the mind of a child: the director fashioned the script after the eccentric musings of his eleven-year-old daughter, then employed all the tricks in his analog arsenal (mattes, animation, and collage) to make them a visually astonishing, raucous reality. Never before released in the United States, and a bona fide cult classic in the making, House is one of the most exciting genre discoveries in years.
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Ikoi Hiroe was born in the land of tentacles and temples with a gypsy childhood scampering all over red, white and blue. Mad as a hatter and armed with several doppelgangers, the genuine article is found only after dark, often pounding her computer keyboard or shots of scotch.