As you may know, February is “Women in Horror” month. To celebrate, PromoteHorror.com asked women from different professions if they would like to answer some questions about being a “Woman in Horror.” One of the women, who was kind enough to answer our questions, was artist Kendra Sartorelli. Lets see what she said about being a “Woman in Horror”…
-PH: When did you first become a horror fan?
-Kendra: The first time I remember enjoying fear is when I first saw the character Large Marge in the Tim Burton film “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”. I was very young, and the face of the ghost really frightened me. I remember thinking that I had just seen the scariest thing a person could possibly see in the movies, and that Large Marge had the scariest possible face. But I also felt excited because I felt like now I could watch anything, and I had made myself a stronger person.
-PH: Was there a specific moment when you realized that you wanted to go from being a fan of horror to a woman who contributes to the genre, or did it just kind of happen naturally?
-Kendra: I’ve been drawing and painting for as long as I can remember, and I started loving horror at a young age too. Contributing to the genre happened pretty naturally for me. I started painting monsters because I really love monsters, and because as an artist I like working with subject matter that makes me happy.
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Kendra: I only recently found out about “Women in Horror” month, but I think it’s fantastic! To me, it’s a time when genre fans can take time to reflect on the many ways that women have contributed to horror over the years, and discover new female artists and creators.
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Kendra: Mary Shelley created one of the most iconic and memorable monsters of all time, so I really respect that.
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Kendra: I think that women have always had an important role in horror. Writing, acting, and art are just a few of the ways that women have contributed to horror over the years. I think that in general, there are more opportunities for women now than there were in the past, and I think this is helping more women get their artistic voices heard in the genre.
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Kendra: I think that there are lots of women who love the genre, and women have a ton of talent to contribute. I hope we continue to see more and more women working in the horror genre in the future!
-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
-Kendra: I’m currently continuing my “We Need Monsters” series of acrylic paintings, which features original monsters inspired by horror in pop culture and entertainment. You can find my paintings regularly on display and for sale at See-Scape sci-fi lounge in Toronto (2840 Dundas St. West), and you can buy my paintings and merch online at my etsy store www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KendraSartorelliArt
We would like to thank Kendra Sartorelli for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!