I was looking through the Facebook site with the best user name out there … Vagina Devil Magic and came across this artist, Meike Hakkaart, also known as ArtofMaquenda and I thought her artwork was fantastic. Look and judge for yourself.
ABOUT THE ARTIST (IN HER OWN WORDS)
My name is Meike Hakkaart, also known as Maquenda/ArtofMaquenda online. As of summer 2017 I am a graduate of Art College and am now left staring into the (sometimes terrifying) profundity that is my future.
College was a very difficult time for me as an artist. At the same time as I began to discover the silhouette of who I am as an artist and to begin pursuing my own passions, I was reprimanded for them. I have always had a fascination with the aspects of life that are often divorced from it; death, decay, and a return to entropy.
I was told my visions and ideas were “kitsch”, unoriginal, and ultimately not worth pursuing. My heart was broken time and time again. But if there is something that has always drawn me to the act of creation, it was the honesty of emotion that could be perfectly preserved in art. You could make palpable intent, love, hate, an entire thought, or the chaotic spill of emotion. I wanted to create works of art that spoke to people, from my heart to theirs.
Ironically at the same time as I struggled with place in art school, it was during those four years that I truly found this connection to death as being definitive to who I am not only as an artist but also as a person. In my last year of school I lost my beloved dog, who grew up with me and shared 15 years of my life. This heartbreak ultimately galvanized my belief in what I wanted to create and became the center of my final class thesis, the thesis by which I would earn my diploma.
All of this is ultimately what brings me to Patreon. I am so honored to live in a time when creatives can connect directly with the communities of people who share their passion and support their ability to pursue those passions!