A Chat With Kita Mendolia - Our October Artist
For the month of October, Kita Mendolia will pay hommage to Edward Gorey, the master of macabre illustration, by bringing to life three of his characters; Naeelah, Figbash, and Skrump, in our window display. They each represent the frivolity and silliness of children’s imaginary games. And yet, there exists a darker side to these characters as well. Their shapes resemble images of ghosts, of things that lurk in the dark. In choosing these three characters specifically, Kita parallels the nature of halloween - sweet but dark, fanciful but ghoulish - creating a bubble of a world where imaginary creatures jump up from their pages to spook and surprise.
Kita Mendolia is an artist and costume designer in Montreal. Raised in Vermont, currently attending the National Theatre School of Canada, she likes to find moments outside of school to take familiar scenes in thrifted paintings and reinterpret them by over laying them with dream and distorted imagery. Her current series, Monsters Forgotten, will be displayed in the store during the month of October!
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a ballerina, a costume designer, and an elegant lady.
What are you listening to right now?
Sex Metal Barbie by In This Moment
What would the perfect day be like for you ?
Just the right balance of my favourite people and alone time art-ing
What are you working on right now?
A custom period English Regency gown
If your window display was a planet what celebrities would live there?
Neil Gaiman, Emilie Autumn, Marla from Fight Club, the Bronte Sisters, Edward Gorey
Did you go to art school or are you self taught?
In 5 words, how would you describe your aesthetic?
Pastel-Goth- Woodland-Victorian- Maiden
What’s your favorite fashion decade ?
How would you describe your style ?
Eclectic and Scattered
What’s your favorite vintage purchase ?
An art déco gold and black pocket mirror and powder case