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The CoCA Habit: Kendra Boblett

Posted by caroline on April 19, 2016

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Kendra Boblett, Drunken Night Cursive Speech, 2016

CoCA brings to you a new habitual comic series, the CoCA Habit. With a long standing tradition of featuring up and coming artists, this series will feature Comic Makers from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, who make comics their daily practice. Sometimes political, sometimes personal, sometimes just hilarious, artists are choosing the method of comic making as a daily and life practice. This series will run through the blog, as well as in the newsletter, so make sure to look for periodicals from the artists.

Kendra Boblett: Exploring what it means to be a twenty something woman in today's society:

For CoCA's first CoCA Habit feature, we are excited to spotlight the work of multimedia artist Kendra Boblett. Kendra is currently working on her BFA as a senior at Cornish College of the Arts. Her work will be displayed at the Cornish BFA Show from April 29th to May 15th.

Coming from a high intensity emotional place, Kendra Watlov Boblett creates works that explore what it means to have extreme feelings as a 22 year old woman in today’s society. Drawing from the trauma of romanticizing people who would never love her back, her digital comics become a brutally honest way of talking about that emotional state. This piece in particular, titled Drunken Night Cursive Speech (2016) combines poetic lyrics from her song “romanticyze” and a flat 2D comic book layout. The piece talks about her experience of dating and romance in a society where talking about love is taboo and sex is expected on the first hangout.

“So my name is Kendra Watlov Boblett. I am from Minnesota and also I am in my Senior year at Cornish. All of my artwork comes from a high intensity emotional place and by creating work, it helps me release it some of the extreme feelings I have.

I draw digitally and with pen and paper, I create short videos and gifs, dabble in photography, create disturbing paintings, write constantly, and occasionally make music. I am currently working on my BFA doing watercolor and acrylic paintings of my skin. Scars, cuts, bruises, so on so forth. Skin doesn't lie about what has happened to it. This my way of just being brutally honest about how I feel. The digital comic like drawings of myself come from my complicated "love" life.

Cursive Speech is about how I have realized I was romanticizing people who would never love me the way I wanted them to. I was either too much for them or they weren't enough for me. Being a 22 year old woman in today's society where talking about love is taboo and sex is expected on the first hangout/date can really skew your thoughts on what dating and romance is supposed to be and feel like. I'm still trying to figure it out. The text from the piece, "Drunken nights cursive speech i'm not your plum or your peach, going down to the lake, i don't think i have had a favorite mistake", is from a song I wrote called "romanticyze" which can be found on my soundcloud at https://soundcloud.com/kendra-watlov-boblett."

Check back throughout the next month for further highlights from the work of Kendra Boblett.

To see more of her work visit her instagram, facebook, soundcloud, or blog.


 Are you a a comic book artist interested in sharing a look at your daily art practice? Contact us at info@cocaseattle.org for the chance to be featured in CoCA Habit. 

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