BUST sat down with artist and founder of cool swag mecca, Witchsy, to talk about what it takes to be a working artist, entrepreneur, and card carrying vagina owner in the digital age. Check it out:
Janeth Ann Gonda: Okay, so first off, your art is dope AF! Tell me a bit about your subject matter and how it represents you and your mind? Did you always create racy, sexy content, or is this something that developed over time?
Penelope Gazin: Aw, thank you! I used to draw sexy pictures when I was little and then rip them up in shame so no one could find them. Now I don’t have to rip them up anymore! I mostly paint women, and the women are all essentially me, even though I never directly paint myself. I never really know why I want to paint a particular thing until after it’s done and I reflect on it and be like, “Ooh, this makes sense.” I usually sit down and think, “What would be fun for me to draw right now?”
JAG: Where do you pull your inspiration from? I love your use of color and pop!
I try to never focus on reasons why I can’t do something. There have been times where things have been harder because I am a woman but there have also been times where it has also really benefited me and my art. I always look for the silver lining in everything I do and work the fuck out of that lining. Sometimes being a woman is a novelty to people so I sort of run with that. I think I was noticed more for my “gross style animation” (I don’t think it’s that gross, but I guess I am I that genre) because I was a woman and I don’t know how much my band would’ve gotten booked when we first started out if we hadn’t been a girl band because we were not great. Maybe that sounds bad but I’ve seen too many talented people make excuses for why they can’t do something.