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Drawings, Monsters, Graphic Novels: Interview with Artist Summer Mariotta

Artist Summer Mariotta joins us at Learn for Life (LFL) to discuss her art, inspirations, aspirations, and life as an artist. We are also joined by Able ARTS Work Art Therapist, Katie Prodanovich.



Young woman in black slipknot shit with black mask stands in gallery next to reclaimed guitar artwork.
Artist Summer Mariotta is photographed standing next to her artwork "Emotions" in the Able ARTS Work 2nd & PCH Gallery.


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LFL: I’m here on Zoom with Summer Mariotta, a resident artist at Able ARTS Work and we’re here today to talk about her art. Summer would you tell us a bit about yourself? When did you first start making art?


SUMMER: Well, I started making art when I was really young. I remembered that Disneyland kinda inspired me to draw.


LFL: Did you go to Disney a lot as a kid or was there a special moment for you?


SUMMER: Yeah, we used to get one of the passes that we could go any day we wanted.


LFL: So, when you went to Disney you saw all the characters and found some inspiration there?


SUMMER: Yeah, but it was also Walt Disney. I like listening to his, you know, how he curated Disneyland and other stuff.


LFL: Okay, so Walt Disney is one of your inspirations. That’s pretty cool! When you first started drawing, what were some of the things you liked to draw?


SUMMER: When I was younger, I used to like to draw butterflies and dragons.


LFL: And how does that compare to now? What do you like to draw now?


SUMMER: I like to draw kinda like dark stuff.


LFL: Okay, like what?


Patched up red and white teddy bear in front of background of scalpels. Word "Drxio" across the bottom of the artwork.
Ink Drawing on Paper, 2020, Summer Mariotta

SUMMER: I kinda like drawing monsters and you know, other drawings. I also do drawings on how I feel.


LFL: A lot of artists have done drawings about how they feel. I think that’s a good thing to draw. You said that you started with inspiration from Walt Disney, but now you say that your drawings have changed and are a little bit different. Do you have other sources of inspiration nowadays?


SUMMER: Yeah. Even though I used to like Disney, I was kinda a horror movie person too.


LFL: So you find some inspiration from horror movies now?


SUMMER: Yeah.


LFL: Do you have a favorite horror movie?


SUMMER: Yeah, but it’s funny because I used to be kinda traumatized by it. It’s called, I think it’s called “A Thousand Corpses”. It’s directed by Rob Zombie.


LFL: Oh wow! Yeah, I’m not a horror movie person, but it’s cool that that’s where you draw your inspiration from. Everyone has different forms of inspiration. So what type of monsters do you like to draw?


SUMMER: I usually like to draw my bear characters, but I sometimes like to draw them twisted.


LFL: Every artist has a different style. It all depends on how people view it. What do you want other people to see when they look at your artwork? Sometime the artist thinks about that when creating. Do you ever think about what you want other people to see?


SUMMER: No, I just want people to look at my art and, you know, say something or comment. Just see what they think about it.