Maryrose Stattelman is a junior in the B.F.A. Entertainment Design Program with a concentration in Comics and Sequential arts.
What sparked your interest in art?
Well, I’m a weirdo and art helps me understand the world. I have been making and creating art in some compacity since I was a tiny child. It’s something that I’ve used as both a means of connecting with the world around me as well as for self-expression. I Grew up with a learning disability and would draw sometimes instead of writing, and as I got older, I just really loved to make things. I really seriously started pursuing art when I was around 15, and realized it was what I loved to do. At 17 I started to do freelance jobs and worked my way towards art school. I think I’ve always had a lot I wanted to say and the best way for me to do it was to make art.
What styles or mediums do you prefer?
I love paint. More specifically, Acrylics, Oils, Watercolor and sometimes Gouache. I also work with ink and other water-based materials as well as digital media. I will however, on occasion, work with metal and make some funky stuff.
Do you take influence from any artists or designers in particular?
I have grown to love many comics as well as comic artists that inspire me to create work and have likely impacted my style. Some include comic artist Tillie Walden, Illustrator Jo-san Gonzalez, animator, and comic artist Natasha Allegri, comic artist Nate Powel, comic Artist Noelle Stevenson, comic artist Adrian Alphona, Artist Jamie Hewlett, as well as many others.
Are there any projects that stood out during your career at Stout?
I loved trying the things that are really different from what I would want to do on my own. Fashion without fabric was a total blast.
What are your plans after graduation?
I am considering getting my MFA at some point. I want to make a graphic novel and paint something that matters to someone. That’s the big goal, and I suppose I’m still very much working out the logistics of that.