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,” and more. One of those 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: I started liking monsters and scary stories at a really young age. The first time I remember feeling really scared in a movie was the scene in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure where the ghostly character Large Marge tells her story. I was terrified but also felt safe, and I loved that feeling!
-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 always been creative and artistic, so it was natural for me to create art inspired by the horror genre as I was growing up. Over the years, I’ve created lots of different types of horror art, including painting, sculpture, drawing, puppetry performance and musical performance.
-PH: What does having a “Women in Horror” month mean to you?
-Kendra: It’s a great time to both support other women in the genre, and celebrate being a female artist who works in horror too! This year I’m having a sale in my online shop with 10% off everything, in honour of Women in Horror month. I also like to watch horror movies featuring my favourite female characters, and read stories by female horror authors.
-PH: Is there a woman in horror who you consider a role model?
-Kendra: Mary Shelley is definitely a role model because in creating Frankenstein’s monster, she created one of the most iconic, enduring and beloved monsters of all time.
-PH: How do you think the role of women in horror has changed over the years?
-Kendra: I believe that more female voices are being heard, and female creators have more opportunities now than in previous generations. However, the genre is still generally dominated by men and it’s important to support women in the horror genre.
-PH: What do you think the future holds for women in horror?
-Kendra: I hope we see more women working in all aspects of the horror genre, including artists, writers, directors, actors, musicians and all forms of creative expression. I think we’re living in a time when women’s stories, opinions and artistic voices are starting to become more respected and more in demand, and that’s a wonderful thing!
-PH: If you could serve a role in horror that you’ve never done, what would it be?
-Kendra: I really admire the artists who create the special effects and makeup in horror films. I would love to be able to do that!
-PH: Who is your favorite final girl, and favorite female villain?
-Kendra: I really love the movie Aliens! I think Ripley is the perfect final girl, and the Alien Queen is such an awesome female monster!
-PH: Being that this is PromoteHorror.com, please feel free to plug your current/next horror project.
-Kendra: My painting “We Need Monsters #20” is currently on display at the Blue/Bleu Impulse exhibition at Propeller in Toronto. I’ll also be attending the “Meet the Artists” event for this on Sunday February 24th, where people can talk to me about my artwork. My original artwork and merchandise can also be purchased online at www.etsy.com/ca/shop/KendraSartorelliArt and everything is 10% off for my Women in Horror Month sale!
We would like to thank Kendra Sartorelli for taking the time to answer our questions, but more importantly for her contribution to horror!