Mark Kokopelli Watkins...
Mark Kokopelli Watkins, Artist in Indy
Welcome Scribbler Art Aficionados! A couple weeks ago we were contacted by an artist with hopes to collaborate with us. We told him we could do him one better and highlight his work for all of you here. It's been a rough couple of weeks so my apologies for taking so long to share his art. If you saw the piece on our Home page this is not the typical art you see everyday so The Scribblers are happy to share it here in hopes that more will take notice. We proudly shine the spotlight on artist Mark Kokopelli Watkins!
When Mark contacted us in regards to his art it was really a no brainer. Both Cult and I liked it so all that was left to get it up here on the site really. Again my apologies to Mark for the delay but it will be here and preserved for posterity. My personal favorite, because skulls are my thing, is on our home page but take a look at all that Mark was kind enough to share with us below.
Now for a little about the man behind the art,
Mark Kokopelli Watkins...
After years of being, "Somatose," a cross between being in a deep coma, intensely mixed with somatic symptoms that are unbelievable (lethargy bonded with a flair for dissociative pain)...I started creating my art pieces in 2001,...of which many have dark, cryptic images that I form into a montage story drawn from my experiences in life!! My college art professor once told me, "Mark, your art tends to be very dark...you need to utilize more of the color spectrum!" How ironic and prophetic these words from "Dr. Art" would turn out to be! ^^V^^ What cracks me up is that he really was impressed with my, "junk art pieces," so much so, he asked me if he could enter two of them in an art contest at the Cleveland Art Museum in 1973, which included mixed- media pieces. The winners would win $50 for each piece...and to me, that meant if I won, I would have, "mucho dinero," for pizza and beer.
So, guess what happened,...on Monday after the contest, he calls me to his office over in the Art Building...so I put on snow boots, 3 layers of clothes, plus jackets, hats/hoodies and plowed through two feet of snow all the over to his office across campus (which seemed like the other side of Cleveland) wondering, "Oh crap, he is going to give my two pieces back to me, and give me a B in the class!!" Suck! Three terrible, horrible things, for a Senior in college to receive on a Monday at my snowed-in, isolated college. He had his door propped open, so I just sauntered into see him gloating at me! "OOOOOO S..t!!" I thought to myself. "Dr. Art" says, 'have a seat young man,' as the snow melted off of me like a cow being milked? He then handed me a huge manila envelope and hurriedly said, 'Well Mark, open it up!' Sniffling, I opened up to find two $50.00 bills and two certificates...a 1st-Place Blue Ribbon for my piece entitled, "Give A Puck!" that really had a puck on it which had been bitten through by one of my Ruby Team buddies,... smashed beer cans, a broken hockey stick, a ripped hockey jersey, plus many other crazy things I found around campus. A fanatic hockey fan purchased this piece for $300.00 to take home, while the Art Museum got the proceeds for educational programs.
"O.K., this isn't going south like I imagined...in my simplistic mind." The other certificate had a Red Ribbon on it,...2nd-Place for my other mixed-media piece, "Ghost Writers In The Night." I began to mentally transcend the moment to a envision eating a whole pizza by myself! "Yes!" I said to my wonderfully inspirational art professor, 'Dr. Art.' He said, with bulging blue eyes, 'There is one more item in your envelope Mark, that I think you will want to see before you leave my office today.' Can you guess what it was? My Quarter Grade for his class...an A+. WOW, was I pumped!! Then the unspeakable occurred during my time in Graduate School...I became,...Somatose! I know! A bummer, right? So, for the next 94 credit hours, plus a two semester internship, I lived in my Somatose world...and was the Co-Editor of our Student News Letter for 3 years, had leading parts in 6 theatre productions...including, "Merlin the Magician," in the musical, "Camelot," in which I got to perform some pretty cool live magic tricks right there in the audience's face!!! We sold out all of our Seasons while I was there performing and assisting Dr. Alfred Edyvean, PhD, Northwestern Univ., Communications & Fine Arts Professor, plus he was well known for being the Acting Director of our CTS Repertory Theatre,(a theatre in the round). A challenging and creative instructor, who Majored in Film/Media, I will always remember him fondly(even though he didn't mention my many acting, radio and TV Production credits in his book about the relationship between religion and the arts)................ :) ^^V^^
That's OK, because on my own, I fulfilled many of my dreams,...especially lead acting in over 150 TV commercials, 70 Radio Spots, tons of triaging videos for corporations like UPS and Bell South (including being the announcer for radio commercials advertising Team Monte Carlo for two years)... doing comedic voice impressions of many popular stars on the,"96 Rock Wake-Up Crew," in Atlanta, GA, the 2 years we were the #1 Rock Station in ATL, GA!! Yah!! I did comedic scenarios with Mark McCain and Steve Mitchell, the FM hosts as;... Pee Wee Herman, Popeye, Bill Murray's famous Grounds Keeper in "Caddy Shack," Joe Pesci, and Father Irish on, "Falcons Football Fridays!" The Falcon Cheerleaders would come into our studio and they were phenomenal, gorgeous and very talented! Oh yeah, and Mike Ken, Offensive Lineman, was there too,...but he didn't sit on my lap like the cheerleaders. That's right, they sat on my lap because there wasn't enough room in the studio for all of us to be near enough to speak into the 4 microphones.
So now you're wondering, "What the heck!! Isn't this guy supposed to be a real horror illustrator/artist????" Hey! I certainly understand your concern, especially since I am usually no longer Somatose...I think, "ouch, my back is hurting! Wait a minute! You people are also supposed to view my art pieces I submitted to Fiend Gottes, right? Well, If you look very closely at my more detailed pieces, you will begin to see many cryptic messages, hidden in many of the my creepy/scary/haunting images which I have inked, penned, painted on canvas board, etc. You want to know something even more frightening, while I was in ministry and as a therapist, I have seen unbelievable images in everything around us! You could say, "I get messages from the dead and spirit guides re-entering our crazy, mixed-up world we live in here on earth." Sure, "Riding the Crazy Train," helped me get through a tough time in my life and my artwork is proof that I am still creating artwork and... like a mule, I am still kicking!! I will connect with all of you later, until then I am writing a semi-Shakespearian play, based on his play, "Much Ado About Nothing!" My play is entitled, "Nothing To Do About Something!" :) ^^V^^
I am sincerely yours, in Horrific Style,
Mark Kokopelli Watkins, Artist in Indy
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