The Cartoon Influenced Fine Art of Kayla Mahaffey #ArtTuesday
The work of Kayla Mahaffey blends classic painting techniques with cartoon and emoji imagery. The tension between nostalgia and realism creates a unique contemporary energy that exists only in her work. Here’s more from JUXTAPOZ:
While there were things that influenced me along the way into my artistic journey, my mother and animated shows are what I held close to my heart. I’ve been watching cartoons for as long as I can remember, and I’ve always loved the process of animation and many of the storylines. I noticed how a deeper story could be told through colorful, drawn characters while keeping its meaning true and not taking away from the message. I implement this in my paintings now, by introducing various characters who move the story along, even if that means helping or hindering the main character. As a kid, most of us see cartoons as the first line in understanding right from wrong, with a few simple life lessons, and this taught me, at a younger age, to keep that morality in mind as I get older.
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