Elegant Gore features the work of NY born artist Alexandra Klimek. Her work includes abstracted portraits, twisted creatures, and fantastical monsters from myth and fandoms alike. Alexandra specializes in alcohol ink paintings and hand painted boxes, and has shown her work in various art galleries in Greenville, SC, as well as the Oddities and Curiosities Expo and other conventions across the country.
How Art Saved My Life by A.S.KLIMEK aka ELEGANT GORE
I've been involved in the arts (both performing and visual) since I was a kid. I started out with music and took piano and violin lessons. All throughout middle school, high school, and college, I would perform in youth and college orchestras.
I always liked visual arts as well, and was inspired by my parents' love of antiques; they would frequently take me with them to various antique shows and auctions, and I loved every minute of it.
When I was 13, I decided that I wanted to be a museum curator. In college, I majored in Art History and continued to do visual art. Alas, life got in the way, and I spent a number of years away from both art and music, only dabbling a little bit here and there. It wasn't until 2018 that I turned back to art and music.
In 2018, I went through a traumatic ordeal and ripped myself out of a toxic connection with a drug addict, after I found out that the last 8 years I was associated with them had been a lie. After that I struggled hard to rebuild everything; I also struggled with codependency, anxiety and depression from it all. The only thing that helped me was my Art. It became my life line and gave me something to rebuild my self worth.
It became so much more than just an occasional hobby that if anyone dared call it my hobby, I would lash out at them. Of course, they couldn't understand. But Art is what helped me get through it all.
If it weren't for it, and doing all of the art shows and vendor events, I don't know where I would be today. I would have to say that Art has saved my life in many ways. Music has also re-entered my life, and I have been practicing piano almost every day for the last 3 months.
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