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Meet Michelle Avery Konczyk of Velvet Mush

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Avery Konczyk.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Most of my life has revolved around creating, it’s the only way I know. As a child, I would spend my time locked in my room making paper sculptures for my family or writing scripts and painting backdrops for plays with my friends. My art began to grow more seriously through the years as I reached high school. I was the student taking as many art classes as I could squeeze into my schedule. It was around that time when I started to dread the question of “what do I want to be when I grow up?” All I knew was I wanted to stay focused on my work and to spend all of my free time painting.

For two years, I tried going through the motions of community college when I realized how little the academic world seemed to suit me. Regardless, I tried to convince myself that art school was the answer I was seeking. I ended up rejected from what I thought was my dream school and left with gut-wrenching anxiety every time I saw the tuition of the schools I was accepted. It was in that moment that I decided I was going to drop out of college and put all of my energy into my personal art.

I held up in my parent’s basement for several years after, focusing on creating a body of work. A few years into working, people on the internet began to catch wind of my paintings. From there, galleries started to reach out to me and I have been able to sell my work online. It’s been an amazing, but slow and hard ride to get to this point in my career. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
To be an artist means you have to be willing to put in a lot of work without immediately seeing the reward. You work because you love to and you go into each project realizing there is no guarantee you will profit from your efforts. It’s obsessing over every single paint stroke and every single Instagram post for all of eternity. It’s living your life unapologetically yourself and learning to be your worst critique and also your greatest support system. There are bumps along the road each month, but you learn to get good at jumping hurdles.

Velvet Mush – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an artist, making eerily beautiful watercolor paintings. My paintings are everything you would least expect a watercolor painting to be. They are dark and creepy with tightly rendered figures, flora, and floating body parts. I mount my paintings onto wood panels I cut into elegant shapes. This takes my paintings away from frames and directly onto your wall in a way that lets them suck out all of your insides.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The proudest moment of my career has been my own personal growth in the way I see myself, my work, and my career. There is nothing more satisfying than to realize you are exactly the creepy art lady you always wanted to be.

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Sabrina Konczyk

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