Who Else Feels Strange? My Artist Talk About Being Strange & Creating Strange Art

I came, I saw, I kicked ass….or at least, that’s what I’d like to say about my artist talk last week. Instead, I came with strange questions and left behind some strange answers. I felt fine, during it, talking about being strange and creating strange art. Afterward, I felt awkward and vulnerable and like…like….I dunno…..like…I didn’t fit in. I guess that’s just the risk you take when you put yourself out there. Maybe, that’s just sort of the postpartum depression after giving birth to a talk. I dunno. I didn’t expect that. Let me know if you watch my talk and what you think of it. You can see it by clicking on the photo below.

Melissa Kojima at her artist talk on August 9, 2019 at PDX Commons.  Click on the photo above to watch her full artist talk.

Melissa Kojima at her artist talk on August 9, 2019 at PDX Commons. Click on the photo above to watch her full artist talk.

The Voice of Gothic & Creepy Art: My 4 Minute Interview at Monster Drawing Rally 2019

While at the 2019 Monster Drawing Rally, I had a little interview with the Portland Art Museum’s Podcast, in which I answered as many questions as I could within 4 minutes. We chatted about memorable moments at past events (this was my 4th year participating), the kind of art I create (gothic and creepy, of course) and how I deal with the challenge of the limited time to make art during the Monster Drawing Rally. Listen to my answers, laughs and sighs by clicking on the photos links below.


You can also see a little video blurb that OPB did on the Monster Drawing Rally by clicking the photo link above. I didn’t get in their video spot, but this was exactly what I saw, heard and enjoyed during my time there. I even talked to the lady that said she draws women who ruled the world. This was my last year doing it. For most of my 4 years of as participating/donating artist, I really enjoyed it. This year, I realized it’s changed for me and the magic is no longer there like it was before.

Ghosts, Being Awkward & Other Strange Things That Shape My Art (In My 1st Artist Talk)

I am strange, you know, so I have actually always enjoyed talking in front of people (it’s written in my astrology, in my stars). Given that, it should be no surprise to you that I’ve always wanted to give an artist talk. In some other life, I suspect I was a stand up comedian, hamming it up in front of a live audience. In little over a week, on Friday, August 9th, between 5-7pm, I’ll be giving my 1st ever artist talk at PDX Commons, making my wish come true and perhaps giving me the chance to ham it up in this life too.

This is where I’ll be showing 2 of my larger drawings along with about 20 other artists’ artwork. These artists are my fellow South East Portland Open Studio artists. It will be the only time to see all our art together in one place before the actual studio visits in October (2nd & 3rd weekends).


I’ve been asking people on and off the internet what questions they have for me. So far I’ve gotten some good ones and will answer them in my talk. They have asked me how do I come up with my characters and what is my medium and why do I work in it. If you have questions, please let me know and I’ll be sure to answer them. If you are not in the Portland, Oregon area, I’ll be posting a video of it afterward so you’ll be able to know what I replied to whatever you ask.

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I definitely plan on talking about the significance of ghosts, being awkward and other strange things that shape my artwork. I think it will make me feel very vulnerable to talk about these things, making me tearful or trembling my hands and voice. Still, isn’t that kind of authenticity what makes a talk feel intimate and profound? I hope so. I’m sure there will be a few laughs along the way too. Wish me luck. And I hope to see you there. Details are below.

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What If Your Favorite Story Had Never Been Told Because The Author Was Too Afraid to Share It?

We all have stories we tell ourselves.

We're too old. Too young. Too much. Too little.

Too strange.

It can be tempting to keep our most creative selves, our best stories, secret and safe. And while there's something appealing about having a good secret, not sharing our work with the world means other strange beings like ourselves keep hidden as well because they think they're alone. And all those stories never get told.

But there's another story. A better one.

What if there are other magical creatures out there? What if they are just waiting for the right signal that it's safe to come out of hiding and join you on your creative adventure?

Meet Katy Morgan. As a writer, editor, and creative community builder, she knows what it's like to have a creative secret and to wonder if it's safe to put it out into the world. Recently, Katy and I sat down to talk about why stories matter—and how to find that special community of like-minded beings who can't wait to support your work.

Join us, along with other inspirational creative experts, at the upcoming virtual event Inspired Connections Summit: How to Use the Power of Story to Build a Creative Community That Will Support and Inspire Your Most Authentic Work.

My video interview for inspired summit will air between August 2nd - August 12th, 2017.

My video interview for inspired summit will air between August 2nd - August 12th, 2017.

No matter what strange world you're adventuring through—art, writing, music, or something else entirely—there are magical creatures just like you waiting to be your companions on your journey. All you have to do is be willing to reach out and find them.

Join us for the Inspired Connections Summit (click the link), starting August 2. A community of inspired creatives is waiting to welcome you…and your stories.

Uncover the 1st Secret Message from The Secret Society of Magical Creatures

What is The Secret Society of Magical Creatures?  Who can become a member?  How do you discover your magical creature?   You can uncover many answers to these questions, when you watch the 1st SECRET MESSAGE from The Secret Society of Magical Creatures.    If you're brave enough, watch it below.

In 5 Days (November 30th, 2016) the Secret Will Be Revealed

I am on pins and needles.....I just can't wait......in 5 days......November 30th......the waiting will be over....the secrets will finally be revealed!  What secrets?  Well, "The Secret Society of Magical Creatures"!  Do you want to discover the secrets?  Click on the image below to be the first to unveil the secrets!

This Secret List is Only for The Secret Society of Magical Creatures

I just learned The Secret Society of Magical Creature's first secret message will be available on November 30th, 2016.  I've heard there is a secret list to be a part of it.....I mean a list so you won't miss any of the secret messages to come......so you can learn how to discover your magical creature.  I have so many questions.  Are you dying of curiosity too?  Do you want to know the secrets now?  Don't you love a mystery?  You might be able to learn more at this link.  I'm not sure.  If you check it out, let me know what you uncover.

What Is The Story Behind The Art? Plus 10 More Burning Questions Answered!

I keep getting the same questions like, "What is the story behind your art?"  I figured if I continue to be asked the same thing, it would be best to put up a FAQ's page to help answer all those burning questions.  That's exactly what I did!  It's up!  And guess?  Bonus!  I answered 10 more of your burning questions!  Click on this link to get your questions answered!  

Detail from the painting, " Catch Yourself ".

Detail from the painting, "Catch Yourself".