Halloween is about to creep up on us so we wanted to learn a bit more about one of our favorite macabre artists, Loll3. Her eerie, unearthly, yet delicate style is a charming approach to the otherwise ominous. We chat with the Italian artist about her favorite horror movies, Stranger Things (!), and how her own layered personality serves as inspiration for her delightfully weird works.
I'm guessing that you love Halloween! What is your favorite costume you've ever worn?
I definitely love Halloween! I'm Italian, and Halloween doesn't belong to our holiday tradition, but I've always been fascinated by spooky stories, ghosts, monsters and witchcraft legends. Eventually I started creating my own halloween tradition by myself! For several years, my sister and I host a Halloween dinner with our friends in my parents house; it looks really creepy and haunted, so it's the perfect location.
I wear a different costume every year, but my favorite was Lydia Deetz. Beetlejuice has always been my favorite movie!
I love your very soft, consistent color scheme. How did this come about?
I don't know how my colors choice process exactly works, it's more of an automatic thing for me. I rarely decide the color scheme in the planning stage; colors "come to me" during the actual painting. I love pink in all its shades. It is my favorite color, so it's pretty easy to find it in my works, but now, I'm mostly using violet and orange. Halloween colors!
A lot of the girls you illustrate seem to be sugary-sweet, but with a dark side. Do you feel this way about your own personality?
Definitely yes! I think I have a really "multifaceted" personality, as my babes do. I, myself, am sweet and creepy at the same time. I use my illustrations to speak about me, to describe my world and my character.
Your work is adorable, without crossing over into being too precious. What do you think keeps it from being too sweet?
I think it's exactly that contrasting aspect of my personality that brings balance between sweetness and spookiness in my art. I love both kawaii things (pink, plushies, dolls) and spooky stuff (monsters and creepy critters). When I make art, I try to combine all these things. I love to generate something unique and harmonious, or at least, I try to!
You paint a lot of spooky/macabre things, why do you think you're drawn to that genre?
Since I was a little child, I've always been drawn to macabre and horror (I started watching horror movies really early). I don't know why, but I always loved that kind of stuff! Things that usually scare most people bring joy and happiness to me, it's really strange, but that's how it goes! I've always found beauty in the oddities.
When are you the most creative? Morning/Evening? Summer/Winter?
I'm decisively a morning person! I really love to wake up early, have an awesome breakfast (that is my fav meal of the day) and start working! In this part of the day I'm really active and creative.
I also prefer to dedicate myself to painting and work in fall and winter. I usually "use" summer to visit new places, hang with friends, recharge my batteries and find new inspiration so I can arrive to autumn relaxed and ready to create!
Do you listen to music or watch movies when you draw? If so, what do you prefer?
I mostly watch movies/tv series while I paint, I'm an avid cinephile! I love horror movies, splatter, fantasy (especially 70's and 80's, when special effects were really special), adventure, b-movies, sci-fi, stop motion, etc. Lately, I've re-watched two of my favorite tv series, Twin Peaks and Stranger Things, and now that Halloween is moving closer I'm starting to re-watch all my favorite halloween movies (Trick 'r Treat, Hocus Pocus, Arsenic and Old Lace, Paranormal). These are a great source of inspiration for me!
So many great artists across history have been from Italy. Do you find any inspiration from the artistic tradition there?
It's a bit strange, but most of my favorite artists are not Italian. I'm always been drawn to European art more than Italian in particular, but, there are some italian artists that I really love and that influenced my art in some ways like Caravaggio, Botticelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Arcimboldo, and Carlo Crivelli.
Photos by Fabrizia Scarsi.
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